I have been reading another Jerry Bridges book for some time. Actually it’s been months, but not because it is boring or not interesting; but because it is a lot to chew on. The book is “The Great Exchange – My Sin for His Righteousness“.

It is just when I think that I pretty special, like I am someone important, that God brings me back to ground and shows me my “true” worth. Today it was in Bridges book and the following scriptures. The whole idea of this book is to showcase the incredible and indescribable beauty of our God in His atonement on our behalf. We are all still stuck in our sinful bodies and as Paul writes to the Corinthian church he is dealing with the issue of sinful practices that had crept into the church. “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Cor. 6:18-20

Paul is saying we need a change of mind concerning our salvation through Christ’s atonement. If we say we are a believer, then our actions should reflect that. Bridges says,

“By laying down his life for us at the cross, Christ purchased us for God – all parts of us, body, soul, spirit, and mind. As a result, God owns us. But this goes beyond the rights of God can inherently claim as our creator; we are doubly owned by him, first by virtue of his creator rights and then by virtue of his redeemer rights.”

We were once enslaved to sin and Christ paid the ransom price and redeemed us from that sorry state. “The amount he paid is displayed in the nature, intention, and scope of Christ’s obedience to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil. 2:8).” What a Savior we have!

What should our response be to this, “Glorifying, magnifying, and making much of God is to be our response to the great love God demonstrated in Christ’s purchase of us while we were yet sinners (Rom. 5:8).”

May God be glorified today in our lives!

-jeff

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