“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)
The Gospel is a mystery! Apart from the Spirit of God revealing Christ in our hearts, none of us could or would come close to discerning how sinners stand justified before a Holy God. Our depraved minds and hearts would lead us to believe that we must somehow make amends for our sins ourselves and attempt to work out a righteousness acceptable to God. Most of human kind, even professing ‘christians’ still believe this is the way. They say, “God does His part, and man does his part.”
However, when God gives a sinner ears to hear and eyes to see, what a Glorious Truth to learn that the matter of sin and righteousness was settled by the Eternal Son of God on behalf of His people. How blessed are those in whom God reveals the Truth of His full and complete justifying of them in what Christ accomplished by His obedient life and sacrificial death. So absolute is the work of imputation, (the sinner’s sin to Christ and the righteousness that He earned and established put to the sinner’s account), that ALL whom Christ redeemed have ALL been simultaneously justified before God, being pronounced righteous by the Eternal Judge, God the Father Himself. Therefore, there is no sin laid to their charge because it was all laid to Christ’s charge. There is complete righteousness before God’s law because He worked it out and the Father fully, freely and forever imputed it to their account. True, their sins are both numerous and abominable! Yet, before God, they were purged away by the precious blood of Christ, Hebrews 1:3.
This is a mystery that God, by His Spirit must reveal and make plain to the heart. Especially the Declaration that Christ was made sin. Natural minded professors interpret this to mean that sin was infused in Him, thereby making the LORD Jesus a sinner. Such a thought is horrendous and would have disqualified our LORD from being the Substitute as the law required a lamb without spot and without blemish. Christ was made sin in that, the sins of those the Father gave Him were laid to His charge, Isaiah 53:6. He bore the full weight of the sin, laid on Him at the cross. He was made the Sin Offering. He bore sin’s curse without taking depravity in Him.
The same is true regarding the imputation of His righteousness. It is not infused into the sinner, as if to make him without sin in his nature. Rather, it is charged to the sinner’s account, whereby God declares such a one righteous before Him. As that sin for which Christ was condemned and punished was not found in Him, but charged upon Him, so that righteousness by which sinners are justified and entitled to glory is not inherent in them but imputed to them.