Jesus took the sin of the world because it was the sin of the world that “offended” his love, it “offended” the very nature of his Father God. As far as the duality of God and Jesus was concerned, it was the total sin of all mankind that was involved in the suffering Jesus underwent on the cross, suffering being the effect that was caused to love simply because it WAS love. LOVE SUFFERS. [Love can’t really be offended 🙂 ]
As far as individual sin goes though, Jesus on the cross was dealing with his own human nature. It is the “fallen” nature of man that is capable of inventing evil, unless you want to say that it is the devil that puts every single destructive thought into people’s heads? More than that, because we say that we are dealing with a fallen creation, then it would be EVERY thought of ours that strictly speaking, would then have to be “of the devil”. [no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the HS]
Jesus suffered in the conflict between his inner human nature and his outer Godly one. By outer I mean his obvious persona, his identity as son of God, the one He always lived in (his spirit) while simultaneously rejecting his human nature one. Until the cross. In this sense he was only dealing with his own “inner demons” (flesh) and the whole problem of death within man, both spiritual and physical. Simultaneously, he lost connection with his Father. He was on his own. (Like Paul in Romans 7). [wretched, forsaken].
While Jesus had close consciousness of his Father’s Spirit during his life, when it came time to enter his “passion” and achieve that which he came for, to “destroy the works of the devil”, he was only dealing with his own deficient body (like ours) and the evil which it contained as a potential source of evil because of the “mind of the flesh” within his human nature. (Why have you conceived this thing in your heart?).
Jesus’ Spirit nature was tempted by his flesh nature during his lifetime, but this temptation was said to “depart from him for a season”, in line with his “discipline” of being the holy one that he was. In this role he had God consciousness of all sin, because he had God consciousness with which to compare it. On his own on the cross though, he had his hands full with his own flesh consciousness which he took upon himself head-on. He was to internally destroy his own “works of the devil” as in “for he knew what was in man”. He was to destroy death.
Jesus’ confrontation of the inner problem resulted in the overcoming, the destruction or transformation, of the inner moral and physical damage caused by “the fall”. To say otherwise is to entertain the notion of Jesus being a completely perfect* entity, which means he would not be “made like us” and he could not then represent us who are capable of conceiving evil in our hearts. [though which capable of, he never did].+
By doing this, Jesus destroyed death for us, on our behalf, and the reality of this was to emerge in future by the faith of those who believed in him. Jesus destroyed his own death, and faith in this, in Him, would destroy the power of death in them also. But it would be by promise for them, by faith in Jesus the promise became alive.
Hence the works of the devil were destroyed in Him in reality, so he could be immortalised, having perfected his body to free it from corruption, so He could be resurrected. Believers enter into Him by faith in Him, they join with him, and he enters into them, having now become “a life giving Spirit.” By faith in Him and the promise, believers are raised with him and behave# as though they were already resurrected [and “spiritually” they are]. This is “the first resurrection”. [Although strictly speaking it is Jesus himself who is the first resurrection. Believers then participate in Him who IS the resurrection (and the life)].
This is why it says that “He has abolished death”, and “The last enemy to be destroyed is death”, because he destroyed it in himself, but only abolished it for others, they would indeed die physically, but would never die in reality, their faith having brought them to life, having resurrected them. They would “never see death”. Believers then are a new creation “in” Christ, to be futuristically resurrected. [their resurrection status is confirmed].
*[ If both his Spirit and body were perfect, there is neither overcoming nor representation].
#[ not produced behaviour, but that which automatically comes from a new spirit within]
[It is by faith from first to last] [+ He cannot sin, because God’s seed abides in him] [+temptation may have arisen from the flesh nature]
It remains true that Jesus bore our sins in his body on the tree. (This is why he came, that the “works of the devil” might be destroyed). It is God’s love that champions our cause and gives us the victory, having destroyed the power of sin and law to condemn. We are forgiven through his body. [In which he assumed total responsibility for sin]. Our faith believes and makes this, His, truth real for us. The “devil” in man has lost his power to provoke death in you because he is a defeated enemy, as much as he wants you to believe he still has power over you. [the devil lost his place in the high places]
@”God presented him as an atoning sacrifice, through faith in his blood.” Although this is a fixed and permanent thing, it remains that it is the value of it that empowers the believer through God’s forgiveness and his love. Ultimately of course, this statement@ is complete in itself and can not be undone by any explanation.
One died for all, therefore all died. [involved in the “therefore” is God’s purpose and intention behind the action, his motivation].
[Later edit. Love destroys death and will continue to destroy death]