Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Great Exchange

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Martin Luther called this "the great exchange."

God took a spotless Lamb and placed on him the stains of all mankind. God took a sinful and soiled people and placed on them the white robe of the Son of Man.

God justified the wicked. The phrase simul justus et peccator means “at the same time righteous and sinner." Luther used this expression to describe the current state of those found in Christ.

All my sin placed on Him. All His righteousness placed on me. The greatest of exchanges. Our worst for His best.

This is very Good News! It's the best news! But is it too good to be true news?

It is far better than one would expect and much grander than any could aspire. It is the answer to a question we did not ask and the cure for a disease we did not know we had. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it is the very Word and work of God and not the invention of any man.

Read Ligonier's article on this HERE.

1 comment:

  1. this is the most humbling, the most relieving, the most joyous news.