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He Became Sin

Posted on July 04, 2015 by Alexander

Jesus becoming sin was worse than the crucifixion

Recently I was asked to explain what it means in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

“For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

That is a huge question. If you can be patient I will explain to the best of my understanding.

For some reason this is abhorrent to some believers. I remember a brother who refused to accept the plain statement of the verse and declared that it meant Jesus was a sin bearer. I think his difficulty in accepting the statement of the Bible was his misunderstanding of how Jesus was both fully God and fully human.

Mel Gibson is to be commended for his effort to show the horror of the cross. However, there was no way he could show the horror of Jesus becoming sin. When Jesus became sin he experienced all the sicknesses and mental illness of the world. He knew first hand all the discouragement, depression, anger and emotions of the fallen world. Cancer came on him, Alzheimer, and every known disease of life. All because he became sin who knew no sin.

But, first,  we need to understand what are sin and death? Sin as a word comes from archery and means to miss the mark. If you can separate the religious connotations, it simply means an error. When God created the Earth and the universe, there was no error. It was good (Gen. 1:31).  Also, because of the condemnation of death in the Bible, we need to understand where death came from.  It came from God, not as the destructive force it is now, but as the means to regenerate life. Without the death of cells, the transformation of seed to blade, to ear to full corn could not happen. Death was the means of growth.

But the fall of Adam and Eve changed that. Adam was a created version of God on Earth. He was not God, of course, but he was the image of God so God could rule the Earth through him (Gen. 1.26). Adam was given dominion over the Earth. If he had not sinned he, like Jesus was the express image of God. But God also gave him a free will because God did not want a puppet but a co-ruler with him. He also wanted to expand the Godhead beyond the Trinity (Psalm 82:1 & 6). That is, he wanted a family.

Every member of the Godhead has free will and are independent, but because of two things they are always united. First is all three members have no beginning nor end (Isaiah 43:10, Heb 7:3). Second the agape love of God in all three members defers to one another. Why the Father has the pre-eminence, I don’t know. But the Word, also called the Son, defers to the Father and the Spirit defers to the Word. And if Adam had not sinned, he would have deferred to the Spirit, as would have all humanity.

However, they did not believe God and believed the serpent, which was their error. However, they did not become sinners until they acted upon it. Once they ate the forbidden fruit they changed into sinners. But because they were given dominion over all creation, all creation became sin, too.

I did not understand how this happened until recently. I had always heard about the federal headship of Adam, but it never made sense to me.  James said,

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)

which, frankly, is also a little puzzling.  It had been explained to me that when something is perfect, and a blemish occurs, then it is no longer perfect.  A perfect vase, may get a tiny crack, but eventually that crack will widen and destroy the whole vase. The moment the crack occurred, the vase stopped being perfect.

Then the light bulb went on for me. The moment Adam and Eve sinned a crack in the universe was begun, and all the universe was then marred, and no longer perfect. This was the entrance to of the curse in creation.

All living creatures were affected. All living things died. Not only the living, but the non-living. Physics calls it entropy, that is, every thing is in a state of decay. All creation became sin. Plants would change into thorns and thistles and all living things would age before dying.

We age because our bodies are not able to perfectly replicate itself. It takes 7 years for every cell of our body to die and be replaced. But like a photo copy of a photo copy there is a small amount of error in the reproduction, so that we change. If we were not sin our bodies, after maturation, would perfectly replicate itself, and remain permanently young.

All creation is integrated and symbiotic in design. I believe it is erroneous to think that heaven and Earth are separate creations. I believe that the spirit world is this world, but in another dimension. Sin in Adam began in their spirit, so their spirits fell, or died, before their bodies died.

Jesus is the exception. I don’t understand why the woman did not pass on the sinful nature in the body, but since He was not conceived by a man’s sperm,  He was born without sin, even though his created body, soul, and spirit were of the substance of creation, not divinity. It is important to understand that Jesus had a created human spirit as well as the eternal Spirit of God residing in him.

So on the cross when the sins of the world – not just mankind, but all creation – were put on him, he became sin and at that moment, the divine Godhead within him left, which is why he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?: (Matt. 27:46). God as a Spirit did not leave because He could not be in the presence of sin for He can not change and nothing impacts Him (Malachi 3:6). He left because Jesus could not become sin if He remained in Jesus. When God left the man Jesus, on the cross Jesus was totally human and not God at all. His becoming sin meant that the error of Adam’s spirit became his spirit and so too his soul and body.

The wrath of God was then satisfied (Isaiah 53:10) and Jesus suffered totally unto death. But, it was not his sin. Therefore in death, he was judged and found innocent (Zech. 3:1-5), therefore resurrected sinless again. The gift of God was then given to all the world, with one requirement, you believe that the gift was given. Jesus as a man was re-united into God and became the new creation. Divinity and creation joined as one. And through Jesus all the rest of mankind could be restored, nay, improved, better than Adam. Adam did not have the indwelling of the Godhead in him. Now everyone who accepts Christ becomes this new creation of spirit joined with matter via the Godhead.

Jesus did not die just for mankind, although that is what matters to us, but all creation had to be redeemed.  Because of Jesus a new heaven and a new Earth (Rev. 21:1) will be ushered in.  I believe the crack that began with Adam and Eve will finally tear the heaven and earth apart, then we will have the perfect creation again which will never break again.

2 to “He Became Sin”

  1. Christian says:

    Hello Alexander,

    You wrote, “I don’t understand why the woman did not pass on the sinful nature in the body…”

    Maybe it will help to understand that it’s not the sinful nature that man is born with, but with death reigning in his/her body (mortality), which is the cause of our sinning.

    The first sin was commited by not listening to Gods word, but that of satan. Jesus said, “My words are spirit and life.” Adam and Eve abbandoned living in ‘spirit and life’ and chose death. The outcome of that choice in their life was the first sin (eating of the tree), on which death entered the world.

    Read Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, on which (Greek: epi ho) all have sinned.”

    In this verse Paul explains that all man are born with mortality (not a sinful nature), which causes us to sin. Why? Because we cannot resist it, we don’t have the power to resist. We don’t have the strenght because Adam lost it, when he lost communion with God in his spirit. Adam lost the connection with the source of Life. He now lacked the only thing that can conquer death, and that is Life.

    Now if we look at Jesus…

    Jesus had a mortal body, which He inherited from Mary, capable of sin, just like us. He was not born with a ‘sinful nature’, but with the weakness of mortality inside His body. Every mortal person that is born with this weakness, will sin. Why not Jesus? Why did He not sin? How could He, as the only person since Adam, overcome this weakness and live righteous? Because He was also born from above, connected to the source of Life through constant communion in His spirit, which gave Him the power to overcome the weakness of His mortal body and live righteous.

    The same happens to us, when we believe. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by te word of God.” By believing we undo what Adam and Eve did wrong. We listen to the word of God instead of the word of satan and this produces faith. Through faith we are imputed the righteousness of Christ. Righteousness produces life, like sin produces death. This is being born from above. Now we are also connected to the source of Life through communion with God. Now we, like Jesus, have access to the power that will conquer the weakness of our body (mortality) through Christ in us, the lifegiving spirit.

    The difference between us and Jesus is that we still have a lot to learn in this new way of living of “no longer I, but Christ in me.” We learn by the grace of God how to crucify the ruling of the flesh, how die to Self and live for Christ.

    The bottomline is, we don’t have to conquer a sinful nature, but we conquer death reigning through weakness (mortality) in our physical bodies. This is life reigning, through communion with God, in our mortal bodies. Our bodies remain mortal until the ressurection, exactly the same as it was with Jesus, but we no longer have to submit to its urges by committing sin. The law of sin and death is replaced with the law of spirit and life.

    Rom 8:2-4 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

    Hope this helps.

  2. Alexander says:

    That is a very thoughtful comment, and I will think about it more. At this point, however, I disagree with your answer on several points. First, as stated in the blog, I believe death was created as a regenerative force by God to enable growth. Second, I believe sin is an error in perfection that began with their disbelief in God. So, in the second point, we partially agree. However, my thesis is that just as James said that if you break one commandment you have broken them all, one error by Adam and Eve broke all creation. This break in creation is seen in physics as entropy.

    But as I said, your belief that we never had a sinful nature but a weakened nature that death overwhelmed deserves more thought and meditation. There is no direct statement in the Bible that we have a “sinful nature”, only indirect statements that make the basis of the doctrine.

    I don’t think your comment ever answers my question regarding Adam. My question is the virgin birth — which I believe was necessary, but I just do not understand why it was necessary. But thank you again for a very thoughtful comment. You clearly are a deep thinker regarding salvation. I appreciate what you said.

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