2Cor 5:21 Incarnation for our Justification

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Feb 12, 2024, 8:01:10 AMFeb 12
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Incarnation for our Justification

2Cor 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Both I take to be referring to one's public reputation. Are we the actual righteousness of God? No, but having obtained a righteous standing with God in that our sins have been forgiven on the basis of Christ's shed blood, we are now a public display of God's righteousness. Not a righteousness attained through compliance to law, but that attained through faith, For "now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Rom 3:21-24 Thus we have become ambassadors for Christ, bearing witness in ourselves of His righteousness.

But there are those who misread this verse to portray God as unjust. They portray God as imputing sin to the innocent, condemning the innocent. Yet it says, "Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the LORD detests them both." Pr 17:15 If people are acquitted of guilt without atonement, that is unjust. And if the innocent are condemned, that is unjust. People who say that God does such things portray Him as unjust.

But God orchestrated events such that Jesus' public reputation was marred. He was publicly condemned as a sinner, though he was innocent. And as God justly compensates victims of unjustified suffering, which justice demands, God compensated Christ. It was through Christ's shed blood that Christ paid for the sins of the world. In this way he had to become "sin" (that is to be unjustly condemned as a sinner) on our behalf that we may in the end become objects of God's righteousness.
Is 53:4 mentions, "we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted." While it's obvious from the context that Isaiah is saying, "we falsely considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.", Calvinists actually consider Christ, the innocent lamb of God, to have been cursed of God. Beware of Calvinism.

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