Terry Virgo says we need to pin down our doctrine... we have theologians amongst us!
"Since a believer is in Christ then their standing before God is based on Christ’s standing. The believer is only viewed in the light of Christ’s obedient life, atoning death and resurrection.This union’s outcome, in terms of a believer’s righteousness, is that God views them not on their own in their unrighteousness, but in Christ with his righteousness.
Again, this is not a righteousness within the believer; it is still Christ’s. It is a reality because, as Calvin puts it, we are ‘engrafted into his body – in short, because he deigns to makes us one with him.’
The believer appropriates this righteousness by God counting it to them, which becomes a truth in the context of their union with Christ. When God looks at a believer, because of their positional security in Jesus they actually do have the standing before him that he declares them to have."
Tim Suffield, Clothed in Righteousness. More at TimSuffield.com
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