How Was Christ “Made 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.
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
Christ our Lord had no sin, knew no sin and did no sin. He was perfect before the law of God (I Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15).
Our sins were reckoned to him. He was identified and numbered with the transgressors and, though he personally had no sin, yet by imputation he was the world’s greatest sinner and was dealt with as such and died under the wrath of God (Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:28; Romans 8:32).
All of this was done that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ and, by our identification and oneness with Christ justified. Christ, who knew no sin, was made sin for us that we, who have no righteousness, might be made righteous before God in him (Romans 10:1-4).
With his spotless garments on, we are as holy as his Son (Isaiah 45:24).
Someone said, “The gospel can be summed up in two words – substitution and satisfaction.” Christ, as our Substitute, made full and complete satisfaction for us before God’s holy law and righteous justice. In him we are wholly sanctified, completely and eternally saved.
By Henry Mahan