Extrordinary Exchange

Dear God, thank you so much for this new day. Thank you for stamina, wisdom, and knowledge and thank you for our families, friends and loved ones you’ve sustained and kept alive. In the name of Jesus let us be mindful not to put off for tomorrow those things we can do today. We thank you for motivating us to keep it moving forward toward your plans and purposes in our lives.

We are finite which means we’re limited and of course, God is infinite, unlimited in all things. Because we are finite, we disappoint God ourselves and others. Hebrews 10:14 reminds us that “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”  You see,[1] Since we are stained by sin and cannot keep the Law of God, then the only one who could do what we cannot is God Himself. Only God can satisfy the Law requirements of a perfect life and perfect sacrifice that cleanses us from our sins. James 1:2-4 ESV reminds us saying “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. [2]A key New Testament verse for understanding perfection in the Christian life is 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” True believers are perfect to the extent that they share in the perfections of Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, throughout the Bible we learn of God’s unique Holiness. He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! (Says Deuteronomy 32:4-5)We cannot be perfect in this sinful body, however, the attribute of perfection or holiness is given to us by God. [3]He exchanged our sins for his righteousness.[4]God laid our sins on Christ and punishes them in him. In Jesus Christ’s obedient death, God fulfilled and justified his righteousness and assigns ( or credits) it to us. Our sin was put on Christ, and his righteousness was placed on us. All our forgiveness, all our justification (or defense), all our righteousness is in Christ. We become perfect once we accept the righteous sacrifice of Jesus Christ who blotted out our sins when they were nailed to the cross. In Christ only are we perfect because he is perfect.

[1] https://carm.org/why-did-jesus-have-die-our-sins

retrieved January 31, 2018

[2] https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/perfect-perfection/  retrieved January 31, 2018

[3] https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-great-exchange The Great Exchange Devotional by John Piper, retrieved January 31, 2018