Christ Made Sin
Charles H. Spurgeon
2 Corinthians 5:21
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).
I daresay I have preached from this text several times in your hearing. If my life be spared, I hope to preach from it twice as many more. The doctrine it teaches, like salt upon the table, must never be left out; or like bread, which is the staff of life, it is proper at every meal.
See here the foundation-truth of Christianity, the rock on which our hopes are built. It is the only hope of a sinner, and the only true joy of the Christian-the great transaction, the great substitution, the great lifting of sin from the sinner to the sinner's Surety; the punishment of the Surety instead of the sinner; the pouring out of the vials of wrath, which were due to the transgressor, upon the head of his Substitute; the grandest transaction which ever took place on earth; the most wonderful sight that even hell ever beheld, and the most stupendous marvel that heaven itself ever executed-Jesus Christ made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him!
You scarcely need that I should explain the words when the sense is so plain. A spotless Savior stands in the place of guilty sinners. God lays upon the spotless Savior the sin of the guilty, so that He becomes, in the expressive language of the text, sin. Then He takes off from the innocent Savior His righteousness, and puts that to the account of the once-guilty sinners, so that the sinners become righteousness-righteousness of the highest and divinest source-the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Of this transaction I would have you think now. Think of it adoringly; think of it lovingly; think of it joyfully.
Look at It with Devout Adoration
When you look at the great doctrine of substitution, you especially who are concerned in it, and can see your sins laid upon Christ, I want you to look at it with devout adoration.
Lowly and reverently adore the justice of God. God set His heart upon saving your souls, but He would not be unjust, even to indulge His favorite attribute of mercy. He had purposed that you should be His; He had set His love upon you, unworthy as you are, before the foundation of the world. Yet, to save you, He would not tarnish His justice. He had said, "The soul that sinneth it shall die"; and He would not recall the word, because it was not too severe, but simply a just and righteous threatening. Sooner than He would tarnish His justice, He bound His only-begotten Son to the pillar, and scourged and bruised Him. Sooner than sin should go unpunished, He put that sin upon Christ, and punished it-O, how tremendously, and with what terrific strokes!
Christ can tell you, but probably, if He did tell you, you could not understand all that God thinks about sin, for God hates it, and loathes it, and must and will punish it; and upon His Son He laid a tremendous w ...
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