Bible Passage:Gal 3:13
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree. Gal. 3:13.
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How may this sentence be applied to Christ, that He is accursed of God, and hanged upon a tree, seeing that He is no malefactor or thief, but righteous and holy? Let us see what the meaning and purpose of Paul is. The words of Paul plainly show that a distinction must be made. He does not say that Christ was made a curse for Himself, but for us. All the weight of the matter stands in this word, "for us." For Christ is innocent concerning His own person, and therefore He ought not to have been hanged upon a tree; but because, according to the Law of Moses, every thief and malefactor ought to be hanged, therefore Christ also, according to the Law, ought to be hanged, for He sustained the person of a sinner and a thief, not of one, but of all sinners and thieves. For we are sinners and thieves, and therefore guilty of death and everlasting damnation. But Christ took all our sins upon Him, and for them died upon the cross. And this, no doubt, all the Prophets foresaw in spirit, that Christ should become the greatest transgressor, murderer, thief, rebel, and blasphemer that ever was or could be in the world. For He, being made a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, is not now an innocent person and without sins, but He has and bears all the sins of all men in His body, not that He Himself committed them, but that he received them, being committed by us, and laid them upon His own body, that He might make satisfaction for them with His own blood.
The sinless Son of God must die in sadness:
The sinful child of man may live in gladness;
Man forfeited his life, and is acquitted —
God is committed.
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