Divine Exchange

Isa 61:3  To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” 

As believers in the Lord Jesus, we are no longer sinners. Jesus has made us righteous.

That means that when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, He sees us as forever righteous. And He sees us this way because He sees Jesus.[1]

When we pray, we pray as a righteous woman or a righteous man. Even when we fail by human standards, God says we are nothing but righteous in His sight.[2]

As believers in the Lord Jesus we are the very righteousness of God, in our Lord Jesus. We are approved, we are accepted, and we are free from the power of sin.

This is good news because we were once prisoners of sin. Sin is not what we do; it is the person we are. In the book of Romans, 47 times the word “sin” is ‘hamartia’, which is a noun. We have thought of sin as our actions, but sin is who we are, outside of Jesus.

We weren’t sinners because of our actions; we were sinners because of Adam’s sin. Romans 6:17 says, ‘…you were once slaves of sin…’.

But Jesus did something beautiful.

Because of His unfailing love for us, Jesus freed us from the prison of sin and secured for us a place of righteousness in Him. He provided the divine exchange—His perfection for your imperfection, His beauty for your ashes, His righteousness for our unrighteousness

In Romans 6:18 Paul goes on to say: And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

The divine exchange is the greatest get out clause ever. We have been freed from sin and found in righteousness. Sin has no power in our lives.

Sadly many believers today are still living in guilt and condemnation. They believe that Christianity is about right living. So when they fail, they are consumed with guilt. Christianity is not about right living, Christianity is about right believing.

When we see ourselves as sinners (still caught in the prison of sin), guilt and condemnation actually empower sin. Whenever we live under condemnation for what we have done, we are doomed to repeat it. It’s a vicious cycle. The power of sin is broken when you refuse to receive condemnation.

Don’t focus on sin. Sin has no power in your life. You cannot lose your righteousness through your disobedience, because you never received it in the first place by your obedience. Righteousness is a gift.[3]

Your righteousness is from Jesus. Focus on Him.

Remember, when God sees you, He sees Jesus; you are one in Him. You are accepted. You are complete. You are forever righteous… ‘because as He is (in Heaven), so are we in this world’ 1Jo 4:17.[4]


Blog Note: A divinely ordained exchange.

  1. Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven.
  1. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.
  1. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness our sin filled life for His sinless life that we might be made righteous with his righteousness. “For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” 2Co 5:21
  1. Jesus died our death that we might share his life. Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Gal 2: 20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
  1. Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing.
  1. Jesus endured our poverty that we might share his abundance.
  1. Jesus bore our guilt that we might share his glory.
  1. Jesus endured our rejection that we might have his acceptance with the Father.
  1. Jesus was cut off by death that we might be joined to God eternally.
  1. Our old man was put to death in him that the new man might come to life in us.


[1] Joh 17:21  “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22  “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

[2] Col 1:22  in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight

[3] Ro 5:17,18  For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18  Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

[4] Ro 8:30  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.


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