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July 15, 2015


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eric h janzen

Thank you. Your own translation of the verse once you've set out the context so clearly, is poignant...and well...quite beautiful. God's love is truly remarkable, and the hope that we discover in all of the actions of Jesus, through his life, death, resurrection, and ongoing life, continues to silence me and humble me. Again, thank you for sharing this.

eric h janzen

Adolphe Mboumte

Beautiful. Thank you prof

Jeremy Myers

Love this. 2 Corinthians 5:21 is difficult to translate and understand. This post summarizes the difficulties well, and provides a good direction for understanding it.


Michael Hardin I find the patristics particularly useful in understanding the "made sin" of this passage, and others like it. (eg. Gal 3:13).

Gregory of Nazianzus:
"And so the passage "the Word became flesh" seems to me to be equivalent to that in which it is said that he was made sin or a curse for us; not that the Lord was transformed into either of these- how could that be? But by taking them upon himself he took away our sins and bore our iniquities. " - Letters on the Apollinarian Controversy 101

Cyril of Alexandria:
"We do not say that Christ became a sinner, far from it, but being righteous (or rather, righteousness, because he did not know sin at all) , the Father gave him a victim for the sins of the world" -Letter 41.10

"So was the Lord turned into sin? Not so, but since he assumed our sins, he is called sin. For the Lord is also called an accursed thing, not because the Lord was turned into an accursed thing but because he himself took on our curse. He says, "For cursed is anyone who is hung on a tree"... It is written that he is made sin; , that is, not by the nature and operation of sin...; but that he might crucify our sin in his flesh, he assumed for us the burden of the infirmities of a body already guilty of carnal sin.

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