Romans 4:8 tells us, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” I want to ask you a question, who can that man be? According to the Bible, there is some man somewhere that God is not going to impute sin (charge to their account). The word sin in the Greek there means to miss the mark. It was a term used by archers who were aiming at a target, but missed the mark. In the Bible most of the time the word sin is singular not plural. If it is plural it is talking about all the little bi-products of the singular one. The singular one is the nature we received when Adam transgressed against God.
One day I was on face book and there was a minister on there that said, God can’t bless sin. I know that is a saying, find it for me in the Bible. It is not in there. I responded by saying if God can’t bless sin, you would have never gotten saved. How would you have gotten saved? When you got saved, how many of you know you had been up to your eyeballs in sin? But God blessed you when you were in sin.
Romans 5:13 says, “For until the law sin was in the world but sin is not imputed where there is no law.” Sin is not imputed when there is no law. Have you ever heard this sermon preached about Israel in the wilderness wandering for 40 years because they kept sinning and God would keep telling them to go around the mountain again?
If you will go back and read that story, when they were in Egypt they were murmuring and complaining about everything and God blessed them and brought them out of Egypt. After God brought them out of Egypt, they came to a place called the Red Sea and there they murmured, complained and said we might as well have died in Egypt. Do you know what God did that time? He blessed them and parted the Red Sea and made a way of escape for them. After the Red Sea they came to a place called Bitter Waters and there they murmured and complained. Do you know what God did that time? He blessed them and made the waters sweet. Then they started griping and complaining that they didn’t have anything to eat. Most people would think God would say, hey I’m going to strike them dead. But do you know what God did that time? He blessed them and poured down manna out of heaven for them to eat. Do you know what they did? They murmured and complained again, that they didn’t have any meat and all they had was this old manna. Do you know what God did this time? He blessed them and rained down quail for them to eat. After they got the manna and quail, they go further into the wilderness and then they began to complain that they didn’t have any water. Do you know what God did? God blessed them and made water come out of a rock.
Remember the Bible says, for until the law sin was in the world but sin is not imputed where there is no law. So they were sinning, time after time but the law had not yet been given, therefore God did not impute their sin to them. After the rock was split and water came out of the rock, Moses went up on Mt. Sinai and Moses came down with the law. Now the law was given and sin is about to be imputed. After the law was given 3,000 of them were struck dead, because the law was imputed and when sin is imputed there is judgment.