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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christ hath once suffered for sins

SIN is the cause of all suffering. God punishes nothing but sin. If therefore we suffer, it is a proof that we have sinned. But Jesus suffered. Had he sinned ? No; " he did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." Why then did he suffer ? Because he was the substitute of sinners. He engaged to bear our sins, to suffer in our stead, to make atonement for our transgressions ; and therefore, when he appeared on earth, he was treated as if he had been guilty of our sins. " He bare our sins in his own body on the tree." He died as our Surety to pay our debt, and to obtain our honourable release; and now, when we believe on his dear name, we are treated as if we had done what he performed. Our sins were all imputed to him, and his whole righteousness is imputed to us. This is the mystery of the gospel. This is God's method of justification. If Jesus suffered for my sins, I shall never suffer for them; but if I believe in him, he did suffer for them; therefore, as a believer, God will never punish me for my iniquities.O to realize and enjoy this!

    He offered up himself entire,
And never need the death repeat;

    Justice can nothing more require.
The sacrifice is all complete;

    And, seated at his Father's side,
    He rests, for ever glorified.

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