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Tropical_Man 68M
6573 posts
11/24/2011 6:59 am
The Great Exchange

By: Bob George

Christians are continually trying to change their lives; but God calls us to experience the exchanged life. Christianity is not a self-improvement program. It isn't a reformation project. It is resurrection! It is new life! And it is expressed in terms of a total exchange of identity. Jesus Christ identified Himself with us in our death in order that we might be identified with Him in His resurrection. We give Christ all that we were ­ spiritually dead, guilty sinners ­ and Christ gives us all that He is ­ resurrected life, forgiveness, righteousness, acceptance.

We have total acceptance because we have experienced a total exchange: "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). Examine some of the results of our being given a standing of total acceptance before God (our justification).

We have been made at peace with God. (Romans 5:1)
We are safe from God's wrath. (Romans 5:9)
We have been freed from all condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
We have been made perfect forever. (Hebrews 10:14)
We have been made complete. (Colossians 2:9,10)

We Christians have been made complete in Christ. We are forgiven, redeemed, made spiritually alive, and we stand in the righteousness of Christ, totally accepted. Are we perfectly mature? No. That won't happen until the day of resurrection...

Because we have experienced God's great exchange, we can consider the past dead and gone, and concentrate on walking in the new life we have received.

There are many people who find this message offensive and get angry. There's another group which says, "Yes, yes, I know what you're saying is true. have to go on to practical truth." Listen! There is nothing more practical than the message of God's love and grace, and the believer's identity in Christ! People are always looking for God's power, and this is it!

Whatever you or I may be struggling with, the answer is the same. It is only through a total exchange that we will begin to see the changes we desire.

From: Classic Christianity. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers. ©1989.

Tropical_Man 68M
6389 posts
11/25/2011 6:59 am

Jody, Bob George understands the things of the Spirit more than you ever will, which is sad. Spiritually dead to Christ? Sure you can be, and you are until you receive him.

Tropical_Man 68M
6389 posts
11/26/2011 4:20 am

Jody, one person here doesnt know what he is talking about and it is not Bob George. There is an old saying, too religious for their own good. Unfortunately for you, it fits.