Monday, 7 May 2012
CHRIST MADE SIN - NOT IN HIS NATURE - BUT BY IMPUTATION
If thou art brought to feel thou art such a sinner as the Lord says thou art, and brought to confess that feeling, thou art a vessel of mercy; God will save thee in the Lord with an everlasting salvation. "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chamber, and shut thy doors about thee." (Isaiah 26:20) We come now to notice these "chambers," and what is meant by "shutting the doors." The Lord tells us in one place, "He is a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." One cries out, "Thou art my refuge; therefore will I hope in thee." These chambers were typified under the law by that solemn ordinance that the Lord instituted for Israel in Egypt, when He told them to take a lamb, and slaughter it, - according to their families; and to shut the door on them, sprinkling the blood of the lamb on the door-posts. So when the destroying angel came to destroy the first-born in Egypt, they were hid, shut up; the blood shut the door, and all the wrath revealed by the Lord could not enter there. So the people of Israel slaughtered the lamb, by appointment of God; they stood with their loins girt about them; and it was eaten with bitter herbs. Now, mind you, it was roasted; all was eaten; none was thrown away. Well, what does this show? That the Lamb of God was roasted in God's wrath, with all the damnable propensities of His people. O the matchless wonders of his discriminating grace! He was made sin, really made sin; not in His nature, for He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners; but he was made sin in covenant contract, as the Head and Representative of His people. Poor tempted child of God, poor believer, thy blindness, thy hardness, thy pride, thy lust, thy unbelief, and the plague of thy heart, were all imputed to Christ; he bore the blame, and put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. When we are brought in faith feelingly to receive the atonement, to enter into the atonement, and rely on it, we shut the door of atoning blood about us; and there is not a devil in hell or man on earth can bring us in guilty. Thus, we say, "There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit; for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death; for what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." By William Gadsby - 1842.