his bearing our
sins and our
num: Lib. 2.c.4.
Ans. But to this it is answered: There is a broad difference betwixt Christ bearing sins, and bearing our sicknesses. These he cured, though, not carried. Those he both cured and carried, undergoing the punishment of them. So much that the prophet clearly expresses in the verse following, ver. 5, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” So again, ver. 7, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted.” And again, ver. 10, “It pleased the Lord to bruise him, he has put him to grief.” Thus did Christ bear the sins of the people, bearing the punishment of them. Hence is it that he is said to be made sin, 2 Cor. 5:21, viz., by way of imputation; or made a sacrifice for sin, and to be made a curse, Gal. 3:13, sustaining the curse of the law due to us. But never do we find him said to be made a demoniac, or made blind, made deaf, &c. Neither do we find that God is said to have laid on him our bodily infirmities and sicknesses. But thus he is said to have laid on him our iniquities, Isa. 53:6. So that there is a manifest difference betwixt his bearing of the one and of the other.
John Brinsley, ΜΕΣΙΤΗΣ: Or, The One and Only Mediatour Betwixt God and Men, The Man Christ Jesus (London: Printed by Tho. Maxey for Ralph Smith, at the sign of the Bible in Cornhill, neer the Royal Exchange, 1651), 67. [Some spelling modernized; italics original; and underlining mine.]