1 Corinthians 5:21 “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.”
The substitution taught in the New Testament is two-fold.
He has made Christ Jesus to be sin for us, though He knew no sin.
He was holy in His divine Person; and He was holy and perfect in His humanity as the Man Christ Jesus.
But when He became the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice, on the cross; He took all the sin of His people onto Himself.
And because of His Holy Person, He paid the penalty for that sin.
It was completely wiped out.
Because of this, He was raised again and set at the right hand of the Father, with the new administration of power.
As our Mediator. (1 Timothy 2:5)
“That”, here is the reason Christ Jesus did this:
“That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Notice, it is “made” in both substitutions.
God “made”. It means “to establish, or make strong”.
He strengthened Christ to finish the work, by the blessed Holy Spirit, which He poured upon Him, without measure.
He strengthens us to do righteousness by the same Holy Spirit, which He gives us according to the measure we are emptied of self.
Matthew 16:24-25 “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, if any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.”
We find our Christ-life, as we lose our self-life, by denying ourselves.
We are filled with the Holy Spirit to the degree we are emptied of self.
And as we deny ourselves, pick up the cross of His will, willingly (for it is “if any man will”), then we are emptied of our self-life, and given more power by His Spirit.
The substitution in us is: Christ is formed in me. We are “made” into His character here. (We are not divine; never.)
But we can do righteousness, as representatives of our Lord, by His character formed in us.
HIs goodness, gentleness, forgiveness, peace, and love.
But, as He showed me (about me); I need to get out of the way, by denying myself.
So the Holy Spirit can work through me:
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer everyone.”
Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be thankful.”
The substitution taught in the New Testament is two-fold: Christ became sin for me,
That…I may be made the righteousness of God in Christ.