Thursday, October 22, 2009

SUBSTITUTION


Now, for a moment, observe, that this precious Christ of ours--as dear old Hawker says, "even our Christ, even our Jesus"--was as perfect and sinless in His manhood as He was in His Godhead.

I suppose no one will impute sinfulness, or a capability of sinning, to His Godhead; and it was only imputed to His manhood. "That holy thing," it was declared to the Virgin, "that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God;" (Luke 1:35) and He would have never borne that appellation in His human nature, if His humanity had not been as perfect and as sinless as His Godhead.

All glory to His name, that He was without blemish, like the types and shadows that preceded Him and pointed to Him. This is stated in the most positive terms in New Testament language, and all worlds, are bound to give testimony to it. The Father declared, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

The angels came down to minister to Him, and were glad indeed of the office; the Pharisees could not answer the challenge, "Which of you convinceth me of sin?" (John 8:46).

The devil himself could find nothing in Him--"The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30).

He was born sinless--He lived sinless--He died sinless; He "knew no sin" in His own person; all the sins of His church were laid upon Him, but none were found in Him. There lies the grand distinction.

By Joseph Irons - October 5th, 1851

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