Well, we’ve discussed where we’ve come from and what what’s wrong with us. Now let’s discuss how it can be fixed! Wherein does the solution for all our struggles lie? The short answer is that we cannot make it better. We are too far gone and enjoy it far too much. But God can, and does make it better through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The solution lies in the precious life, death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The only solution is for Christ’s righteousness to be imputed in us.
How can this be? What had to happen for this to be the case? There are two parts to the answer the Apostle Paul gives us here: firstly, that Christ was made to be sin, and secondly, that we were thereby made to be the righteousness of God.
Let’s explore that first part. “God made him to be sin who knew no sin” tells us that God counted, charged, or imputed sin to Christ. Sin that already existed was imputed to Christ on the cross. God the Father looked at Jesus as though He actually were that sin and as though there was no good in Him, but He was sin in all its vile and wretched splendor. This even got to the point that Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The One, True, Begotten Son of God was counted to be sin. This is an event beyond what we can describe. So serious was our problem of sin that this had to transpire in order for it to be solved.
Secondly, this transpires “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” If we, by God’s grace, believe in the Lord’s atoning sacrifice, we will discover that it was our sin which was imputed to Christ. If it is our sin imputed to Christ, then something truly extraordinary happens. Paul tells us that we are counted, or imputed, to be the righteousness of God. We may stand before God in fellowship with Him because of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sin and guilt.
Not only that, but there is a day that is coming when every person alive will be a Christian and confess Him to be Lord. Most Christians view differently how this is going to happen, but everyone agrees that such a day is coming. All of this puts us back in communion with the Father even more than it was before our Fall. Oh, that this day would come quickly, and that those who have not done so would repent and be numbered among the sons of God!
Soli Deo Gloria!