"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23  

Pastor Gary Shepard
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
Jasksonville, NC

To say that Christ was not actually made sin for me would be to say that I am not actually a sinner. To say that He was not really made sin for me would be to say that God unjustly killed Him for it is the "soul that sinneth" that "shall surely die." To say that He was not truly made sin would be to deny what is represented in the Old Testament sacrifice when the priest actually laid his hands on the head of the sacrifice and confessed the sins of the people. 


To say that Christ's identifying with me the sinner was only legal and not actual would leave me only legally righteous and therefore not righteous so as to be able to enter God's heaven personally. Death was as foreign to the Son of God as sin was, yet, He died. Why? Because "the wages of sin is death." 


What He suffered in His humanity did not alter His deity. Rather, He sacrificed His humanity on the altar of His deity. When He died, that death was the clearest evidence that He had been made sin for us. The death that He died was the death that I deserved to die, not only as one who has sinned, but as one who is sin.