THE Doctrine, of our being made righteous thro' Christ, may be inferred from his dying as a Sinner for us.— 'Tis a very remarkable passage, and full to our purpose, where the Apostle declares, that the Almighty Father made his Son, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in HIM.
How you may be affected at present with such a Scripture, brethren, I cannot determine: but if ever you come to the knowledge of yourselves, and the heinousness of your Sins, and the worthlessness of your duties; such a text will be sweeter to you, than the honey or the honey-comb to your taste; and more refreshing, than the richest cordial, to your souls.— However, from St. Paul's declaration, we gather this precious Truth, that we are made righteous before God, in such a manner as CHRIST was made a sinner for us: not by any personal demerit; for he had done no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; but the Lord laid on HIMthe iniquities of us all.
IN like Manner— how are the great saints made righteous before God? Not by any personal merit. They have done nothing, that can deserve God's love, or that is worthy of a reward; but God looks upon them as interested in his dear Son's obedience, and so rewards them purely for their Saviour's Sake.— God visited our sins upon HIM; and God rewards his merits upon US; God accounted our transgressions to be his; and, on this footing, he was punished as a malefactor, and God esteems his righteousness as ours: and, by virtue of this imputation, we are accepted as complete.