Saturday, March 29, 2008

Our Holy And Sinless LORD

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 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." (2Co 5:18-21 AV)

Having recently turned my attention away from the heretical teachings of the Word-Faith sects (Hagin, Copeland, Dollar, Meyer etc.) in order to focus on my own Arminianism and those who misrepresent it, I was drawn back by this passage above. Our Word-Faith (WOF) fellows often present the LORD as one who literally became sin at Calvary and miss the importance of what is being stated. Rather than diminish the deity of Jesus Christ in having Him assume the nature of Satan (Hagin) God Himself in Christ was doing what we mere sinful men could not; reconciling sinful man to Himself. He was being our substitute at Calvary and in a very real sense our representative. The LORD was being made a sin offering in keeping with the fulfillment of the Old Testament type and shadow of God's plan of redemption. It was never the LORD's plan to become sinful and wretched. Instead it was His plan from before the foundations of the world to offer Himself as a pleasing and well accepted sacrifice to the Father on our behalf having never succumbed to sin, holy and righteous in every way before, during and after His Passion at Calvary.