In which things get REALLY head-spinny

by Craig on April 24, 2012

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But it’s not okay for God to be in any way imperfect…

or to have any sin…

yet 2 Cor 5:21 literally says…

God. Made. Jesus. Sin.

Impossible.

Right?

I’ve covered two traditional answers so far:

Paul never meant the verse to be taken literally…
more in the sense that God made Jesus to be “as” sin…
just like Jesus is not literally a “door”, a “gate”, or a “shepherd”.

And

Paul meant 2 Cor 5:21 to mean…
God “made” Jesus a sin offering…
a sacrifice for our sins.

The explanations can be a bit head-spinny…
but if we want to really get it…
a little head spinning dizzy isn’t so bad.

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Right?

Anyway…

do we really want a God who is so small that we, with our little three pound brains, can totally understand everything about how he does stuff…or…better yet…a God whose ways are sometimes outside of our little brainy box? (IS 55:8-9)

Let’s just say that 2 Cor 5:21 means exactly what it says.

On the cross, God. Made. Jesus. Sin.

Impossible.

Then I think of how the Bible says…
God raised us all up with Jesus and has already
“seated us with him in the heavens”. (Eph 2:6)

But we weren’t there…
and aren’t in the heavens now…
Or are we?

It’s a time and eternity thing.
We are bound by time and space.
God. Is. Not.

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And then there’s Revelation 13:8. Depending on your translation it will either say that our names were written in the book of life, or “the lamb was slain” before the foundations of the earth. Either translation is possible…and…maybe…both translations might be what exactly what was meant.

But Jesus was crucified in the first century…
and we weren’t even born until just recently.

Right?

See…

I told you…

head spinny.

Now…back to our verse, 2 Cor 5:21.

Given God’s ability to bypass time and space…
couldn’t He, at the same moment he cast all sin upon Jesus
simultaneously…
forgive all sins, past, present, and future?

A criss-crossing of both moments…
but bound by time and space…
we only see the one.

Was Our Lord…
at the very same moment He became sin…
also forgiving all sin?

So Jesus…

who is God…

would both be “made” sin…

and yet still be sinless.

And this is so head spinny…
you might want to read it again.
I know I had to.

This might not be the only answer, or even be the best answer.
But it leaves the Bible as meaning what it actually says…
and takes some of the “ways above our ways” into consideration.

And…

it takes a bunch of apparent biblical contradictions and turns them…

into spectacular, time and space bending miracles.

Any thoughts?

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Dilip April 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

Greetings! I find your interpretation of the quote above deep and comprehensive. I do believe in “But it’s not okay for God to be in any way imperfect…or to have any sin” …

However the interpretation in my blog was a bit on the lighter side. It implies that in our day to day lives we need not get too disturbed when we do simple mistakes which do not amount to sin.

Thanks I find your blog a place to visit and learn.

Dilip

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Craig April 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Dilip, I SO believe in your quote. We are, not one of us perfect, and yet we get so upset with our imperfections. We DO take ourselves too seriously maybe. I get the lighter side of it – AND the heavier side. and thank you for allowing me to use your image. God bless!

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Cora April 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Head spinning here, for sure. I can just see Him smiling down on us, as we spin away, trying so hard to have the mind of God in our little three pound brains. I think I may just have to be content with “someday I’ll know.” There are a several of those kinds of thoughts that baffle me. Like “in Christ.” I have no idea how I can be “in Christ.” Him in me, I can take that one a little easier. But ME in HIM . . . . . . another head spinner for me. The only way I can stop spinning is to just accept it as is and that I will understand someday. So no great thoughts here, Craig. Sorry!

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Craig April 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Simplicity is it’s OWN great thought Cora. Sometimes I’m probably too spinny for my own good. Faith of a child…faith of a child…I just. don’t. have. that. yet. Have to run now – it’s time for Laska’s evening exploration of the great outdoors. Give Buster a hug for me.

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Martha Orlando April 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yes, Craig, my head is spinning with yours! However, I love the concept of God’s timelessness while we are stuck in time. It truly makes sense – His ways are not our ways – and we can but see through a glass darkly on this earthly plain.
It also made me think of the image of the cross – the horizontal beam is the infinite stretch of time, the vertical is God’s breaking through into time, for once and for all.
Wonderful insights as always, my friend!

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Craig April 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I heart head spinny stuff – if it were up to me I’d read head spinny stuff – and write head spinny stuff – till the very last cow came home – and then I’d tell the cow about it – and then probably blog about it ツ

it’s easy to think of a God who is “timeless” above time – but to think of a God who is both “timeless” and yet involved IN time – that is all sorts of wonderful.

And I look at the cross in a slightly different way than you – but kinda the same too – it’s as if the vertical line is God – because in him we live and move and have our being – and that horizontal is the timeline – and the intersection of the two? That’s right now (with a lttie wiggle room). I’ve thought about time and eternity LOTS!

Thank you for reading my friend, your reading and your kind words inspire me to write more – and better. God bless and keep you Martha!

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Martha Orlando April 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I love your interpretation of the cross, too. I think that’s what I was trying to communicate because it is an intersection of the timeless into time. “To think of a God who is both ‘timeless’ and yet involved IN time . . .” How awesome and wonderful and indescribable! He so loves us!
May He bless and keep you, Craig!

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Craig April 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

I kind of knew we were both going for the same thing – just different ways of saying it – the ONE whom we worship as God – who IS the only God – he is kind of amazing! God bless!

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