Is the righteousness of Christ imputed to the believer?

Is the righteousness of Christ imputed to the believer?

No. Many of the best known evangelicals have affixed their signature to a manifesto of Christian belief that espouses this. The consistent teaching of the New Testament is that we have been declared, have been reckoned, or have become "the righteousness of God." For instance, from 2 Corinthians 5:21, some teach that God put our acts of sins on Christs account and He suffered for them. In a perfectly balanced way, they teach, God now puts Christs acts of righteousness on our account. Our sins became His; His righteousness become ours.

What became ours, according to 2 Corinthians 5:21, was "righteousness of God" (without an article, "the"), which is not a term describing Christs righteous life on earth. Furthermore, despite the hymn writers words, "He took my sins and my sorrows; He made them His very own," Christ bore our sins, but was Himself holy; "He knew no sin" before, during, and after the cross. He paid the penalty of our sins, but they did not become His. We have become "the righteousness of God," righteous, as required by God, through Christs death, not His life.

D. Oliver