Trading Places

He was born in a manger, so we could be born into heaven. He had no earthly father, so we could have a Heavenly Father. He was homeless on the earth, so we could live for evermore in mansions1 of glory. He suffered the pain of the curse,2 so we can enjoy the pleasure of the blessing. God does not expect us to make ourselves holy. God is the one who makes us holy. He is the one who delivers us from our sins and enables us to live free from sin. The Bible says that we are His ‘workmanship;’ we are a product of His actions, of His doing. ~ “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2.10).

One Sinless Man

He ‘recreated’3 us by taking on our sins and our fallen sinful nature4 and becoming our substitute. He took our place, so we could take His place. He was made sin with our sin so that we are now made righteous with His righteousness. The Holy Spirit testifies, saying ~ “For He made Him who knew no sin [to be] sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2Corinthians 5.21). Who is ‘He who knew no sin?’ this can only be talking about one Person. In the entire history of the world, there has only been one sinless man, and almost everyone knows who He is, Jesus Christ. ~ “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4.41-15).

Far Away

The Good Shephard, He “who knew no sin,” the Lord Jesus Christ, was made sin with your sins, not so that you would continue being a slave to sin, but so that you can now live totally free from sin. This is the whole purpose of Christ’s mission on Mount Calvary. He came to deal once and for all with the sin problem. The Bible says that Jesus came to “take away our sins.” ~ “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1John 3.5). Since Jesus has taken away our sins, then those sins are no longer ours. They no longer belong to us. They have been ‘taken away’ by God. He took them away, very far away, so that we would stop thinking about sin and turn our minds and hearts, instead, onto Him. ~ “Who [is] a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights [in] mercy. He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7.18,19).

Washed in Holiness

Your sins have been removed so far away that you cannot find them. You cannot even remember them. All you can remember is how much Jesus loved you and suffered to remove them, when He washed you in His own blood. ~ “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1.5). After He took away all your sins forever, He then commenced to wash you in His own perfectly holy and sinless blood, the most powerful & holy substance in the universe, so that you are now completely free from sin and there is no trace of sin at all in your life. There is nothing in heaven or on the earth or in hell that can remove sin except the matchless blood of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the King of kings and Lord of Lord’s, Jesus Christ the Righteous. ~ “But now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9.26).

Take Your Place

This is ‘His’ work; you are His ‘workmanship.’ It’s not something that you could have done. Only He could have done it. Only He could have saved us, and He did because He loves us. You are the product of this divine love, this divine workmanship. Everything has already been done in sovereign perfection and everlasting strength. Now, all you have to do is ‘walk in it,’ which means to live it, make it your life. Believe it, accept it and confess that He traded places with you. It’s yours forever; you are His workmanship.

Ephesians 2.10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Notes

1. John 14.2

2. Galatians 3.13,14

3. 2Corinthinas 5.17

4. 2Corinthians 5.21

© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.

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