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“Made the Righteousness of God”

2 Corinthians 5:21


Because Christ was made sin for us, because he bore our sins in his own body on the tree and bore them away, the Lord God almighty declares that all who trust him have no sin (Psalms 103:12, Micah 7:18-19; Jeremiah 50:20; 1 John 3:5). Because “He hath made him sin for us,all who believe on the Son of God are made “the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

      The word “made” here is a present tense, passive verb, implying total passiveness on our part. It means “continually cause to become.” Paul is telling us that those for whom Christ was made sin God continually causes to become the righteousness of God in him without them doing a thing.

      As Tobias Crisp wrote four hundred years ago, “Christ himself is completely righteous, and we are as righteous as he. We are completely sinful, and he became (being made sin) as completely sinful as we. Nay more, the righteousness that Christ hath with the Father, we are the same, for we are ‘made the righteousness of God.’ And that very sinfulness that we were, Christ is made before God. So that here is a direct change, Christ takes our persons and condition, and stands in our stead. We take his person and condition, and stand in his stead. What the Lord beheld Christ to be, that he beholds his members to be. What he beholds them to be in themselves, that he beheld Christ himself to be.”




Don Fortner








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