By Richard Sibbes
We live the life of faith in justification. This is a life of sentence that the soul lives by, peace being spoken unto it by the pardon of sin; for God by his Spirit communicates so much to the soul, giving us assurance that Christ our surety and peace-maker is raised up again.
So Ephesians 2:5 says “Even when we were dead in sins, he has given us life together with Christ, and raised us together, and made us sit in heavenly places with him.” And why? Because our Surety has paid our debt. We say of a man condemned, he is a dead man until he have a pardon, which he has obtained, we turn our speech, and say, he lives. So in justification: being united to Christ, and believing our pardon, we are said to live. Our sins lie on him as our surety; for then, as our husband in charge, he pays all our debts.
Thus by virtue of our marriage to Christ, he discharges all our debts, and goes away with them; even as the scapegoat in the wilderness went quite away will all the sins and iniquities of the people, never to return again. Look to our sins, the curse and wrath due them, and all is laid on him. Look at all the good in him, that is for us; all the evil in us, look also to him for it, to have it taken away, pardoned, and not imputed.
This common domain work modernized in few places.