Friday, June 12, 2009

The penalty of sin has been discharged

There is no power in sin to condemn the believer now. “What,” saith one, “doth not sin condemn every man at whose door it lies?” Certainly it doth - sin condemns every man with whom it is found; but in the case of the believer sin is not imputed, not laid at his door, for David saith, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered; blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”

The sin of the believer was laid upon the Lord Jesus Christ, “for the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” And from that day forward the penalty of sin has been discharged and removed by the Redeemer’s having endured it himself. The black cloud of my sin has no rain in it; it has emptied out its rain upon Christ.

From a sermon entitled "Sin Condemned and Executed by Christ Jesus," delivered July 8, 1866. Image by Niklas Sjöblom under Creative Commons License.

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