Christ Bearing Our Sins In His Own Body
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
(1 Peter 2:24)
Some today claim this verse teaches that the corruption of our sins was imparted or infused into the body of Christ. They insist that the phrase “IN His own body” means that our sins were somehow “placed” or “put inside” His body.
This is not only ridiculous but heretical.
The word “in” here does not mean “inside” His body, but that He Himself as Godman bore our sins through the sacrifice of His human body.
It was not an animal sacrifice that suffered and died only as a picture and type as in the Old Testament, but it was Christ who suffered and died in His own human body for our sins.
He taught His disciples this when He gave them the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper — “And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.”
(1 Corinthians 11:24)
It is stated in the book of Hebrews – “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared Me:”
It was in His own human body, and not another’s. It was in that body which His Father prepared for Him, that sinless body conceived in the womb of the virgin by the Holy Spirit. It was His human body which was made an offering for sin and which endured great pain and sorrows for our sins imputed to Him.
No corruption of sin was imparted or infused into His body.
The corruption of sin is not a substance or mass of matter that can be removed from one person and placed on or into another.
The corruption of sin is our depravity evidenced in unbelief, self-love, self-righteousness, hatred, idolatry, all the works of the flesh listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21.
These were not placed inside of Christ’s body, but He did bear the full responsibility of all the sins and all the corruption of the sins of all His people. He did in His body bear the full measure of the wrath of God against each and every one of these sins as they were charged to Him in the stead of His people.