The Divine Exchange

Thought For The Week 166 By Val Warsop

When Yahshua walked our earth in human flesh, He lived a remarkable, sin-free life that blazed with purity and wholesomeness.  When He died, He took on Himself all the evil that justly belonged to us, so that those of us who believe in Him might receive all the goodness that, justly, was due to Him.  As His life was ending, He cried those memorable words, “It is finished.” [John 19:30] The tense of the Greek verb here indicates that the action has been performed ‘perfectly’.  In effect, the work that Yahshua had come to do was ‘perfectly perfect’ or ‘completely complete’.  Justice had been done, all debts had been discharged, humanity had been redeemed, and Satan’s authority was cancelled.

Yahshua became the ultimate substitute for us all, and all our needs are thus met in Him!  Calvary is a divinely appointed exchange, a place where I take what I don’t want, and receive what I don’t deserve. Paul wrote, “For He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of [Elohim] in Him.” [2 Corinthians 5:21, KJ21] In other words, Yahshua became sin with my sinfulness that I might become right with His righteousness!  This is the initial exchange of sin for righteousness that begins my spiritual journey; it is followed by the exchange of my sinful nature [which produces the sinful acts] for sanctification or holiness. These exchanges are the key to eternal life, for He died with our death [the soul that sins shall die; Ezekiel18:4] that we might live with His life [whoever believes will have eternal life; John 3:16]!

The scriptures confirm He was sick with my sickness that I might be whole with His health; He was cursed [See Genesis 3:13] that I might receive all the blessings due to Him because of His obedience; He took on my poverty so that I might be rich; in Gethsemane, He became depressed and anguished that I might have emotional wholeness; He suffered total rejection that I might find acceptance in Him.  Are you in need today?  Yahshua has all the answers, and a precious exchange is available.

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