Do Not Receive the Grace of God In Vain (2 Corinthians 5:21-6:2)

The apostle Paul has been writing to the Christians in Corinth about the reconciliation we have from God in Christ Jesus. We have ruptured the relationship with God because of our sins. We have made a separation but God is reconciling the world to himself, by not counting their sins against those who come to him in faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 we are given an explanation of the work of Christ.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

Many Christians have read this verse. But how should we understand this verse? What seems to be a simple declaration is not very easy to understand when we try to break down what Paul is saying. What does it mean that God made Jesus to be sin? What does it mean that this was for our sake? What does in mean that in Christ we become the righteousness of God? When we slow down over these words we recognize that what Paul said is dense theology. In one sentence Paul said a lot. But what Paul said is very important because this is the message of reconciliation that Paul and the apostles are proclaiming.

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