The Great Exchange
How can sinners be made right before a holy God?
The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote to the Corinthian church,
“For He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus, God the Son) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
This verse is sometimes referred to as “The Great Exchange” or “The Great Transaction”.
The most important question we can ever ask and we can ever answer is: “HOW CAN SINNERS BE MADE RIGHT BEFORE A HOLY GOD?”
This verse answers that question and it speaks of two wonderful truths. First, “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us…” Every person in the world is a sinner because we are all sinful by nature from conception (Psalm 51:5) and we have all broken God’s commands (Romans 3:23, James 2:10). Jesus Christ the Righteous never sinned. When He died on the cross, He willingly took the punishment for all the sins of all who trust in Him (John 3:16). The second truth is “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus Christ demonstrated His righteousness through His perfect obedience to God’s commands. God credits that righteousness to the believer. This is the great transaction: The sinner’s guilt is charged to Christ and His righteousness is granted to the sinner. Because of this, God is able to remain just while at the same time justifying the guilty sinner (Romans 3:26).
You see, according to God’s Word (Bible) we all have an appointment scheduled. We won’t miss it. We will not be late. Each and every one of us will be perfectly on time. But, the date and time for this appointment is only known by the Lord Jesus, not us.
“It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
One of the least popular subjects to discuss or even think about is death. Yet we all know that death is an inevitability. It is the ultimate statistic: 10 out of 10 die. It comes to the old and to the young, to the weak and to the strong, to the rich and to the poor, and to the famous and to the unknown. Royal doors and armed guards cannot block death’s entrance and money cannot bribe death away. Death is coming to us all, but it is not the end for any of us. After death, we all will be judged according to the Law of God. If you died and were judged right now, according to God’s Law, would you be innocent or guilty? Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen anything (regardless of the value)? Have you ever hated or lusted after someone? If you said yes to any of these, you are guilty of breaking God’s Law and you will be condemned on judgment day and cast into the lake of fire, Hell (Revelation 21:8, Matthew 10:28). The only way to receive forgiveness on the day of judgement is to have your penalty paid by a substitute. Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for everyone who trusts in Him. Knowing that we will all face judgment, I urge you to repent of (turn from) your sins and trust (place faith) in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15b).
“What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)