The Greater Exchange – Substitution !

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Christianity . . . Salvation . . . the Gospel. It’s all about Substitution. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. The Son of God became a man. He lived the perfect life (we never could). He took our sins and paid the penalty (we should have paid). He rose, victorious over sin and death, to give us His righteousness (we don’t deserve). The Greater Exchange . . . Substitution!

I’ve heard, and read, and taught about the Gospel—God’s grace—Jesus coming to die for our sins. I’ve been a recipient of God’s amazing grace for many years. But suddenly a dam broke in my heart and mind as I heard the words again . . . “Christianity is all about Substitution.” Long-time confusion left as understanding rushed in. The realization came. My salvation—my “standing” with God as a Christian had nothing to do with my works, my feelings, or even my faith, which—like my feelings seemed to swing up and down. My salvation— my right standing with God is fixed. Forever sealed. Done. Because Jesus did for me what I could never do for myself. And . . . because Jesus took my place,  because He became my Substitute. That was the Greater Exchange!

And, when Jesus said, “It is finished,” it was. It is.

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
What a Savior” Phillip Bliss pub. 1875

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