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“Acute Awareness of Awe-Inspiring Mystery”

November 10, 2010

“He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).

As I opened a commentary on 2 Corinthians to prepare for this Sunday’s message, my eyes landed first on these words, words which are quite strong and heart-felt and unusual among commentators:

“In a manner unparalleled in the NT, this verse (2 Cor. 5:21) invites us to tread on sacred ground.  We should never overlook the wonder and mystery of the fact that it was the all-holy God himself who caused Christ, his spotless Son, to become sin and therefore the object of his wrath.  Paul had had no hesitation to say, ‘God was in Christ’ (5:19).  Could it have been his acute awareness of this awe-inspiring mystery that prevented his saying boldly, ‘God caused Christ, the sinless one, to be sin,’ and prompted him to avoid actually naming God and Christ. . . .” (emphasis mine).

Murray Harris, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, p. 456.

 

 

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