He Made An End Of Sin
“For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him,”
Christ died to put an end to the guilt and condemnation of sin as the Substitute for His people. He experienced sin’s legal penalty but not its power in His person. He could die for sin in no other way.
Dying with Him as their representative, His elect died to the same thing: sin’s guilt, condemnation, and penalty. He died once for all – (Hebrews 7:27; 9:12, 26, 28; 10:10, 12, 14, 1 Peter 3:18).
His death was conditioned on the penalty being real; although neither the sin nor the penalty were His own (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28).
He redeemed others and not Himself. He completed the work (John 17:4), died to sin, suffered the penalty of it, and ceased to bear it. If forgiveness is still only potential, and not actual, for Christ’s own, He must yet be bearing sin.
That is impossible!
He came the first time to bear sin, and when He appears the second time sin will have no claims upon Him. (Hebrews 9:28)