This article is from the monthly news letter of Grace Walk ministries. Steve McVey is a well known teacher who proclaims the "Christ in us" message the world over. This brief article is a terrific summary of the "Exchanged Life" message. Jack
This is one of 101 Lies Taught In Church Every Sunday.
The idea that God changed your life at salvation leaves the false impression that there was something there which simply needed an overhaul. We flatter ourselves if we think that’s the case. The truth is that when we were dead in our sins (See Ephesians 2:1), we were just that – dead. There’s nothing you can do for a dead man. He’s dead. You can clean him up, dress him up, and prop him up, but, when all has been done, he’s still dead. A dead man needs just one thing – resurrection.
It is often taught that when a person becomes a Christian, God changes his life. Not true. He does something much bigger and better than that. He exchanges our life for a new one! Isaiah 40:??, says: "They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength." The Hebrew word "renew", can be translated as, ‘substitute’.
When Missionary Hudson Taylor was reading that verse and studied that single word, it transformed his life. In the days ahead he coined the phrase, "the exchanged life" because he saw the reality that our lives aren’t changed at Salvation they are exchanged. What I call the grace walk, he called the exchanged life. They both mean the same thing.
The meaning is that our Father took the person we were when we trusted Him, put that person to death, and gave us a brand new life in its place. It was His Life that we received! The person you were before you were a Christian died and was exchanged fo a new life in Christ.
In Romans 6:6, Paul said, "Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin would be destroyed." There it is: the old man died, Romans 6:3 says, "Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus, were baptized into his death" (emphasis added). We died with Him. Colossians 3:3 says, "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
Do you see the importance of making this distinction between your life being changed at salvation versus it being exchanged? The former would suggest that now you are simply an improved you, which isn’t at all the case. You are a new you! Every residue of the old sinful spiritual DNA you inherited from Adam and showed up with on the day of your birth was crucified. It is dead and buried! You have "been raised to walk in newness of life" because Christ is your very Life-Source now. "In Him we live and move and exist" (Acts 17:25).
This understanding of salvation puts the finished work of the cross in it’s proper perspective. Jesus didn’t come to straighten up the mess Adam made. He came to undo the damage done in the garden. In Adam we became sinners, but the finished work of Christ does much more than change us by cleansing us of our sin. His work took our old Adamic life and put it away forever. Hebrews 9:24 says that He came to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Your sins aren’t just forgiven now. They’re gone! The reason for that fact is that your life hasn’t been changed. It has been exchanged. To realize the fact that we weren’t repaired at salvation, but rather were regenerated causes our salvation to be a much bigger matter and will cause us to give our Father much bigger praise for the miracle He has done in us.
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