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)

John Trapp commenting on Psalm 40:12 wrote that our Lord Jesus Christ was “maximus peccatorum, the greatest of sinners by imputation (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:6), for our sins (which here He calleth His) He suffered. And here His bitter agony in the garden is graphically described. Neither is it absurd to say, that as He bore our sins in His own body upon the tree, He was first redeemed by Himself, and afterwards we.”

      Martin Luther said essentially the same thing. — Christ took our flesh upon Him, that He might take our sins upon Him. He was, maximus peccator, the greatest sinner, having the weight of the sins of [God’s elect throughout] the whole world lying upon Him. He took our flesh that He might take our sins, and so appease God’s wrath.”

      So obvious and blessed is this revelation of the Gospel that saved sinners throughout the world and throughout the ages rejoice to know it, rest in it, and proclaim it. None can understand it or explain it; but all give thanks for it.









Don Fortner



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