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21 [a]For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,(A) so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

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  1. 5:21 This is a statement of God’s purpose, expressed paradoxically in terms of sharing and exchange of attributes. As Christ became our righteousness (1 Cor 1:30), we become God’s righteousness (cf. 2 Cor 5:14–15).