Actual Transgressions and Inbred Corruptions – Imputed To Christ
The elect of God, as well as all others, are by nature dead; they are dead in sin, living without any spiritual life;, and to be carnally minded is death: they are without any affection for God, motion towards Him, delight in Him or in His service; and they are dead in law, being condemned in Adam, for judgment by one offence came upon all men to condemnation; and they are under the curse of the law; and by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
In this state the law could give us no strength to obey its precepts, and consequently it could give us no life; for all our obedience thereto is only dead works.
But “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,” hath done for us (Romans 8:3).
Christ was sent in the likeness of sinful flesh.
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same…”
And to Him were our actual transgressions and inbred corruptions imputed.
“He was made sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), and he stood charged with the whole of our sins, and was arraigned and condemned, “being numbered with the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12); and, under the sentence that fell on Him, “our sins were condemned in his flesh (Romans 8:3).
He dies the death of the cross, and “makes his soul an offering for sin.” (Isaiah 53:10)
And “our old man is crucified with him,” (Romans 6:6) and we too, for we died in our Head by virtue of a preceding union with Him.
“I am crucified with Christ,” says Paul; I died in my Head; in Him I have died the death due to me for sin by virtue of my union with Him, and by His being cut off, not for Himself, but for me; in Him I died, in Him I suffered the law; “for if one died for all, then were all dead” when he died.
And in this sense we were all dead together; the Head and all the members in Him. But there is a voice in the promise: “Thy dead men shall live,” saith God. “With my dead body shall they arise,” saith the Saviour. (Isaiah 26:19)
And in our Head we all arose. Ye are risen with Christ; “God hath quickened you together with him, having forgiven all your trespasses;” (Colossians 2:13)
His blood has purged your sins; His resurrection is a pledge of ours, and eternal life is in Him for all His members.
To let us know this, the law that cast, condemned, and cursed to death the covenant Head, who was made sin for us, that law comes to us, sin revives, and we die; which is a planting us together in the likeness of His death: the Spirit directs the eye of faith to the death and atonement of Christ, and quickens us by His influence; and we rise under the operation of the Spirit of God, and are planted together in the likeness of his resurrection. Now we live no more in the old way; we are dead, buried, and risen with Christ. To the lust of men, to the lust of the flesh, to the will of men, to sin, and to the law, we live no more.
We are freed from sin touching the hand-writing, or debt book, that was open against us. The handwriting is blotted out and nailed to his cross; and so are our transgressions blotted out as a cloud, and as a thick cloud our sins. Freed from the destroying power of sin, and from the imputation of it.
Sin shall not be our ruin, for “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord will not impute sin.” (Romans 4:8)
Freed from all liability to eternal punishment on the account of sin.
“The sins of Israel shall be sought for, but there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; for I will pardon them whom I reserve.”
Christ shall present us to Himself a glorious church, having neither spot nor wrinkle.
By William Huntington