A Short Study of Psalm 38:18

“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
(Psalm 38:18)

Let not these words stagger the faith of the believer in considering them as spoken by Christ. As the sinner’s Surety, He was truly made sin for His people, so the Scripture declares, yea, also a curse for them. Hence, in the eye of the law, Christ and His seed are one (Galatians 3:13; II Corinthians 5:21).

Here Christ stands with all the curse of a broken law charged upon Him, as the sinner’s Surety; yea, as the curse itself. And consequently, as in the doing of this, He takes it from His people; they are redeemed from it.

The original debtor, and the Surety who pays for that debtor, cannot both have the debt at the same time charged upon them.

This, therefore, is the blessed doctrine of imputation.

Robert Hawker

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