By Andy Kimmelmann
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When we talk about salvation in Jesus Christ, you will usually hear two phrases very often: the forgiveness of sins and the imputation of righteousness.
We know salvation is free by the sovereign grace of God. God chose His children, the elect, before the foundation of the world and gave them to His son Jesus, God and man. Jesus died on the cross for them and shed His blood for the forgiveness of all their sins. He rose again the third day because of their justification. Jesus‘ perfect righteousness was imputed to the elect. At the appointed time, God sends His Holy Spirit to an elect sinner and regenerates him, so he believes the gospel. This is a sovereign act of God and free, by grace through faith, which is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:25, John 6:22 ff., John 10:25 ff.).
If you believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, one can explain that with an analogy of two accounts. You have two accounts and Jesus on the cross had two accounts. The two accounts are a sin account and a righteousness account.
Andy and Dana Kimmelmann (both born in 1979 in Munich, Bavaria/Germany and Salida, Colorado/USA respectively) are married and live and serve in Berlin.
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