Sunday, September 30, 2007

INIQUITY LAID ON HIM


"...and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all" Isaiah 53:6 - that is, God the Father, against whom we have sinned, from whom we have turned, and whose justice must be satisfied; he has laid on Christ, his own Son, the sins of all his elect ones; which are as it were collected together, and made one bundle and burden of, and therefore expressed in the singular number, "iniquity", and laid on Christ, and were born by him, even all the sins of all God's elect; a heavy burden this! which none but the mighty God could bear; This was typified by laying of hands, and laying of sins upon the sacrifice, and putting the iniquities of Israel upon the head of the scapegoat, by whom they were born, and carried away.

The words may be rendered, "he made to meet upon him the iniquity of us all." The elect of God, as they live in every part of the world, their sins are represented as coming from all quarters, east, west, north, and south; and as meeting in Christ, as they did, when he suffered as their representative on the cross. Or "he made to rush, or fall upon him the iniquity of us all." Our sins, like a large and mighty army, beset him around, and fell upon him in a hostile manner, and were the cause of his death, by which means the law and justice of God had full satisfaction, and our recovery from ruin and destruction is procured, which must have been the consequence of turning to our own ways.

By John Gill

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