The Berean Expositor
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Scripture everywhere teaches and assumes the holiness and spotless sinlessness of
Christ the Lamb of God. If doctrine necessitates the tremendous statement that Christ
was "made sin for us", it immediately adds "Who knew no sin" (II Cor. 5: 21). If it is
emphasized that Christ as Kinsman-Redeemer actually took our human nature, it is
careful to say that while He actually was made flesh, it was in the likeness of sinful flesh
that He came (Rom. 8: 3). Before Peter says, "Who His Own self bare our sins", he
writes of Him, "Who did no sin" (I Pet. 2: 22-24), and in the same epistle Peter speaks of
redemption as being by "the precious blood of Christ, as of lamb without blemish and
without spot" (1: 18, 19).
If Heb. 4: declares that Christ was touched with the feeling of our infirmities and in
all points had been tempted like as we are, it does not omit to add "sin excepted". There
is need that every believer should hold with no shadow of uncertainty that Christ was
"holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners". "It shall be PERFECT to be
accepted." Such is the Lamb of God, such is our Saviour.
"And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are:
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you" (Exod. 12: 13).
The word "token" will repay a little study. It first occurs in Gen. 1: 14 "Let them be
for signs". Gen. 4: 15 A.V. reads "The Lord set a mark upon Cain"; it should read "The
Lord set a token for Cain, lest any finding him should kill him". It was a token for Cain's
safety. The bow in the cloud is called "the token of the covenant" (Gen. 9: 12) as also is
circumcision (Gen. 17: 11).
Many times the word translated "sign" in Exodus is this word, and indeed this is its
most frequent translation. "The blood shall be to you for a sign." The blood signified
something. It signified life laid down:--
"The soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make
an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement by reason of the
soul" (Lev. 17: 11).
The blood atoned for "YOUR SOUL" "BY REASOn OF THE SOUL" in it. The
blood sprinkled upon the doorpost was a "sign" that redemption had been made. Nothing
else was a "sign", nothing else did the Lord "see". No genealogy showing direct descent
from Abraham could be a "sign", no promises, vows, prayers, nothing but the sprinkled
The words "I will pass over you" must also be considered. As they stand, they give
the mind the impression that the Lord "passed over" the houses of Israel without smiting
them, and went on to the houses of the Egyptians. In verse 23 however this idea does not
seem fully to fit the statement there made:--
"The Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto
your houses to smite you."