“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” —Hebrews 6:18
How wonderful is the system of grace! Here it is: that as in Adam we die through Adam’s sin, so if we be in Christ we live through Christ’s righteousness. The way of escape for the sinner lies not in himself but in another. He must come under another headship, and then he is saved. Under the first natural headship we became sinners, and under the second gracious headship we become righteous. How consoling it is to perceive that the second Adam in whom we become righteous through believing has the power to save us, because the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all, and he has made atonement to the full. Instead of dealing personally with every man in Christ, and asking from him the penalty due for sin, God in his mercy has taken the whole sin of those in Christ in the bulk and asked payment for the whole mass at the hand of their great covenant Head. The Lord has gone, in fact, to the second Adam, to Christ Jesus, and presented to him the dread account of all the sin of his redeemed, and said to him, “Wilt thou discharge all this?” and he has answered. “Ay,” and has carried up to the cross all the gigantic load of sin, and made an end of it there. He shouted the victory, saying, “It is finished,” for the whole debt of his people was for ever blotted out. Their sins were buried in his sepulcher, never to rise again; but he himself has risen, having discharged himself personally of all the liabilities which he took upon himself on our behalf, and so we also are discharged, for he died for our offenses, but he rose again for our justification.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Evening, April 29, 1877
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 23, Sermon No. 1352
“Strong Consolation for the Lord’s Refugees”