How Can Christ Claim Our Sins To Be His Own?
“O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from Thee.”
This Psalm is a messianic psalm, one that sets forth the glory of Christ as Messiah in prophecy, type, and revelation. These words not only apply to King David and, in essence, to all believers, sinners saved by grace, but they are also the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as our substitute, sin-bearer, and surety. He stood in our place and bore our sins on the cross. All the sins of God’s elect were made to meet on HIM (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He bore our sins “in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24).
He actually had a human body and soul in which as Godman, He bore our sins on the cross and died in our place to satisfy God’s justice for us.
Some modern-day, self-appointed pundits actually go so far as to say Christ was “made a sinner Himself” on the cross. They speak of the sins of God’s elect “imparted” or “infused” to Him.
This is nothing short of heresy and not supported by the clear testimony of Scripture which speaks of the sinless Christ whose blood is incorruptible.
The question is raised, however, “If Christ were not made a sinner Himself, if He remained sinlessly perfect within Himself on the cross (and He did), how then could He personally say, ‘MY sins are not hid from Thee’?”
How could our sins be HIS sins?
The answer is found in the blessed and glorious truth of IMPUTATION.
All the sins of God’s elect were imputed (charged, accounted) to Christ so that as He became legally responsible and accountable for all these sins, they actually became HIS sins.
Henry Mahan in commenting on Psalm 69:5 in his book, “With New Testament Eyes, Vol. 2,” wrote, “David might truly say this but not our Lord, UNLESS he refers to our sins imputed and laid to His charge. He was made to be sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21).”
How could Christ claim our sins as His own?
It was not by being made a sinner Himself.
It was by being “made sin” for us.