Smeaton, Atonement As Taught By Himself, p 78â€”The Son of God took sin upon Him, and bore it simultaneously with the taking of the flesh, nay, in a sense even prior to the actual fact of the incarnation. The peculiar character of the Lordâ€™s humanity, which was, on the one hand, pure and holy, and yet, on the other, a curse-bearing humanity, plainly shows that in some sense He was the sin- bearer from the moment of His sending, and, therefore, even prior to His actual incarnation.
Thus the Lamb of God appeared without inherent sin or taint of any kind, but never without the sin of others. The sin of man was not first imputed to Him or borne by Him when He hung on the cross, but in and with the assumption of man's nature, or, more precisely, in and with His mission. The very form of a servant, and His putting on the likeness of sinful flesh, was an argument that sin was already transferred to Him and borne by Him; and not a single moment of the Lord's earthly life can be conceived of in which He did not feel the harden of the divine wrath which must otherwise have pressed on us for ever. Hence, "to hear sin" is the phrase of God's word for freeing us from its punishment. Because He bore sin, and was never seen without it, it may be affirmed that the mortality which was comprehended in the words, "Thou shalt surely die"â€”that is, all that was summed up in the wrath and curse of God,â€”was never really separated from Him, though it had its hours of culmination and its abatements. Hence, without referring further at present to the character of the suffering, it evidently appears that, as the sin-bearer, He all through life discerned and felt the penal character of sin as the surety
Great Sermon! I was blessed to grab a hold of this message. God's sheep glory in Christ and Him crucified alone as their only hope. It's all of the triune God's salvific work. Christ is our all in all. He alone is worthy and there is nothing worthy, nothing good in man...absolutely nothing. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift of eternal life.
Great Sermon! I thank God for beating self-righteousness out of me. From Roman Catholicism to Arminian Baptist, then Lordship Calvinist, my self -righteousness got worse and worse and was actually nurtured by religion. A clear teaching of the Gospel by the grace of God, have shown me just how utterly wicked and evil I truly am. This series has been a blessing!
Great Sermon! This is absolutely a message that should be preached Sunday after Sunday. The self-righteous does not really believe just how totally depraved a sinner he or she truly is. Self-righteousness is the most insidious sin of all.
Great Sermon! I listened to this sermon today at work and I know I was there when you preached it but I really heard it for the first time today. This was truely amazing!! I will be re-emphasizing this message with them women this month. Thank you for all that you do!!