The Great Exchange

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 4:25

The Great Exchange—it’s incredible to meditate on its significance. We owed the debt; He paid the price. “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)

God did this because He loves us despite our failure to live in obedience to Him. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8). This was the great exchange, “the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18b)

How should we then live? The Apostle Paul exhorts us to “count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus,” and “do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” (Romans 6:11,12)

Through His death and resurrection our sin was imputed (charged) to Christ and His righteousness was imputed (credited) to us. This great exchange should compel us to pursue holiness in gratitude to Him, and to live “not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:15b-16a)

Paul urges us “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1b); to “follow God’s example as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins? How are you living in light of His amazing grace?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church