The Great Exchange as Social Justice



Do we really understand what happened for us on the cross?  Paul lays it out for us in this explanation of that Great Exchange!!   Jesus is the fulfillment of what God was foreshadowing through all the law given through Moses and all the writings of the Old Testament prophets.  

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”   Jesus is what God has to say, all the way from the beginning of  Genesis.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”John‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭ESV.   It is through Jesus, the Word made flesh, that we are made right through God.  Very simply, our doctrine of justification and salvation through faith is the only way possible to have a single, unified religion.   Regardless of the man made laws and traditions anyone follows on a daily basis, no matter their color, ethnicity, background, geography, all can be saved through, and only through, faith in the one true God in Jesus Christ!! 
 
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”   When we come before God, we are all the same.  We gave all sinned and fallen short of his intentions for us.   The best among us need to be saved by Christ.  The worst among us needs only the exact same thing – to exchange their sins for Christ’s righteousness through their faith.  Social justice indeed!!

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time.”   Under the Old Testament law given through Moses, forgiveness of sin had to repeatedly be made through the blood of animals.  Without blood, there was no forgiveness.  Our forgiveness does not come without blood either, but it is not the blood of animal sacrifice.  It is not our own blood.  It is the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and our own belief in that sacrifice, that offers us forgiveness of our sinful nature and saves us from the eternal prison we call hell.  We call this the Great Exchange because through accepting His death on the cross for us, we exchange our sin nature for his righteousness.  We exchange our well earned trip to eternal damnation for an undeserved eternal salvation.
 
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.“.    Social justice will prevail under the economy of God under Jesus Christ.  Whether you are someone who has lived your life trying to follow Christ since birth, or you are like me, a recalcitrant sinner who ignored the call of God for years until I hit a bottom that forced to make a choice of what direction I was going to take, we will all come before our creator and eternal judge as equals.  We don’t get this here on earth, it is the eternal economy not our economy.  But multiple times in the New Testament Jesus tells us the last will be first, some of the least will be some of the greatest.  It will all come down to our faith in the Christ who died on the cross to exchange our broken sinfulness for his glorious righteousness.   

“But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:21-31‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/rom.3.21-31.nlt

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