How Could Christ Be “Made Sin” and Still Be “Spotless”?

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Hi M____,

Thank you for your questions. I will answer them in the order you ask them.

This question is answered in depth in the five-part series of studies done on the sin and trespass offerings, which you can read hear:

The Law of The Offerings – Sin Offering, Part 1
The Law of The Offerings – Trespass Offering

Click on the links at the bottom of each study to get to the next study.

I wondered for many years what the difference was between those two offerings. In time the Lord revealed that in the instructions God gave Moses concerning the trepass offering, many particular sins are mentioned as examples of the function of this offering. But in the sin offering, not one single trespass is mentioned.

Leviticus 4 is the chapter on the sin offering. Here is what is said about the subject of this chapter:

Lev 4:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 4:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:
Lev 4:3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.

The rest of this chapter instructs the priests concerning how to go about presenting this sin offering to the Lord without mentioning any particular sin.

But the next two chapters concern the trespass offering, and many trespasses and sins are particularly mentioned and enumerated as examples:

Lev 5:1 And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.
Lev 5:2 Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty.
Lev 5:3 Or if he touch the uncleanness of man, whatsoever uncleanness it be that a man shall be defiled withal, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty.
Lev 5:4 Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.

Lev 6:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 6:2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
Lev 6:3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
Lev 6:4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
Lev 6:5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

It took one chapter to deal with the sin offering, but it took two chapters to deal with the trespass offering mainly because so many particular trespasses and sins are given as examples. What this tells us is that the sin offering is not for our individual trespasses and sins, rather the sin offering is for what we are as clay vessels which are marred in the hand of the Potter, with the law of sin inherently in our members;

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen [“in the Potter’s hand”] in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

We are born into bodies of sin and iniquity which bring forth sin and iniquity simply because of our composition of “earthy… clay” and our condition of being “shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin”.

Christ came in the exact same marred, made-of-a-woman, shapen-in-iniquity and conceived-in-sinful-flesh-and-blood body, and that is the meaning of these words:

2Co 5:21 for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him. (YLT)

So Christ’s mother, Mary, was “shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin” as was the flesh and blood Son of God, who came forth of Her. That is the very meaning of these words:

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Psalms 51:5 explains the significance of being “made of a woman”, and these verses explain the meaning of being “made under the law”:

Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

“Under the law” is to be “concluded… under sin”, because:

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

The law is for the lawless whose values are contrary to sound doctrine, which is what “the law of sin in [our] members is, and according to these words, that was what was also in the flesh of Christ, Himself:

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

In what way was Christ “tempted… like unto His brothers”?

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” for two reasons:

Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Christ is the sin offering because He did indeed come into this realm of death, “made of a woman, made under the law, shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin… yet [He] was without sin, and He is also the trespass offering, but since He himself was “yet without sin” for this reason:

Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

It was Christ Himself who informed us all that, while in a marred body of sinful flesh and blood, He Himself was neither “good” nor “perfected”:

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

“The third day” is the day of resurrection. Only then will any who are in bodies of flesh be perfected.

Your second question was:

The answer to this question is that every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God has the same progressive, is, was and will be nature, which makes it applicable both inwardly and spiritually, while at the same time having a dispensational, outward application. The passover is the sacrifice of Christ for our sins. While Christ was the sin offering, He himself was not permitted to commit a sin. But He says this about those who make up His body:

Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

So you and I are “Jesus of Nazareth”, and through us “Jesus of Nazareth” is also the trespass offering while we are “filling up in [our] flesh what is behind of the afflictions of the Christ”.

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for [Greek: dia – through] our offences, and was raised again for [Greek: dia – through] our justification.

Christ could not commit an offence or a trespass, but “through our offences”, through our trespasses, “Jesus of Nazareth” is also the trespass offering.

He is also progressively our Pentecost, “feast of firstfruits”, when the church was conceived and brought forth and is still being brought forth. He is progressively our trumpets as ‘judgment is now on the house of God’ (1Pe 4:17). He is our ‘atonement’ as we “die daily [and are] crucified [daily] with Him”, and He is our ‘feast of tabernacles’ as we “have this treasure in [temporary] earthen vessels”, typifying the temporary nature of the rulership of God’s elect over this earth for a thousand years. Finally Christ is also the ‘last great day’ signifying the short season of rebellion “when the thousand years are expired” and the great white throne judgment takes place, and all men of all time will be judged and redeemed by Christ and God’s elect who will have been judging the nations for the past thousand years.

Yes, the holy days are being fulfilled within, and they will continue to be fulfilled both inwardly and outwardly until the consummation of the ages.

Your third question was:

The doctrine of baptizing “in the name of the Father, Son and holy ghost” comes from this verse:

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

That verse of scripture is spurious and is not in the earliest Greek manuscripts. The Catholic Encyclopedia openly confesses to adding that verse to the scriptures, and just a causal reading of the book of Acts will prove that no one was baptized under that formula by any of the apostles who all “baptized in Jesus’ name”, as they had been instructed:

Act 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Act 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Here are two links to a more in depth treatment of the truth of these statements:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/is_god_a_trinity.php/
http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/can-a-lie-in-the-translation-be-weeded-out/

I hope all these scriptures serve to answer your questions. If after reading this and the links you still have questions, please let me know.

Your fellow servant,

Mike

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