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Christ was Not Made a Sinner

2 Corinthians 5:21

 

The Son of God was not made a sinner, when he died upon the cursed tree. I cannot imagine anyone imagining, let alone saying, that the Son of God became a sinner. When the Word of God declares that our blessed Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s darling, holy Son, “was made sin for us,” he was made sin. He was not merely treated as though he were sin, or as though he were a sinner. And he was not merely made a sin offering. In 2nd Corinthians 5:21, the Holy Ghost tells us that the words of Isaiah in Isaiah 53:10 mean that Christ was made sin.

      As our Substitute, that he might be justly punished for sin, the Lord Jesus Christ was made sin for us. When our Savior began to show forth his glory by making water wine, he did not merely say the water was wine, or pretend the water was wine, or treat the water as though it were wine. “The water was made wine.” And when the Triune God showed forth his glory in his Son, he made his Son sin for us; he who had no sin, did no sin, and could not sin, was “made sin for us.” Nowhere does the Word of God say, or even suggest, that sin was imputed to the Lord Jesus, or that he was made sin by imputation. Rather, the Scriptures plainly declare that he was “made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

      God never pretends. He did not pretend that Christ was sin. And he does not pretend that his elect are righteous. When Christ was “made sin,” he was justly punished for sin. And because God’s elect are “made the righteousness of God in him,” we are justly “saved with an everlasting salvation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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