Understanding the exchange on the cross of Jesus Christ

This is a four part series


The exchange on the cross is fabulously described in the following 7 scriptures! In each one of these seven scriptures Paul restates the same basic truth – the exchange on the cross – but in each one he emphasizes a slightly different aspect of the exchange.

But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s failing away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow for [the benefit of] many. – Rom 5:15

Nor is the free gift to be compared to the effect of that one [man’s] sin. For the sentence [following the trespass] of one [man] brought condemnation, whereas the free gift [following] many transgressions brings justification (an act of righteousness). – Rom 5:16

Well then, as one man’s trespasses [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men – Rom 5:18

For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him). – Rom 5:19

But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded – Rom 5:20

So that, [just] as sin has reigned in death, [so] grace (His unearned and undeserved favor) might reign also through righteousness (right standing with God) which issues in eternal life through Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) our Lord – Rom 5:21

There is so much in these verses!

For example, in 4 (Rom 5:15, 16, 17, 20) of the 7 scriptures Paul points out that the effect of one sin (by Adam) was enormous and affected everyone, sparing absolutely no one.

But he tells us that the effect one act of righteousness (by Jesus Christ on the cross) is “not at all to be compared” and that His grace has surpassed, increased more and superabounded.

We need to take a moment to consider the impact sin has had on this world… and then try to imagine an impact that our faith in Jesus Christ on the cross can have… something superabounding FAR MORE than sin and death did. We really have to think big!

Paul says repeatedly that the one sin (by Adam) brought the whole world under death, but Jesus Christ’s one act of righteousness has brought the whole world under the mercy and favor and grace of God. He says “the many died” and then he says “much more profusely… abound and overflow for [the benefit of] many”. Wait… how many people died? ALL. So how many will profusely benefit? ALL!! (Rom 5:15)

Paul also explains that until now “death reigned” but now that has ended and now “God’s grace reigns” (Rom 5:21).

Can you see now why Jesus Christ said “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Joh 16:33)? Because HE DID!

This exchange is done, it is completed on the cross, a new Heaven and a new Earth has already been created and it is waiting for those who believe (that’s you!) to receive it… just add your faith!

Remember what faith is: it is “what you agree is true”. You simply agree that what Paul wrote about the exchange on the cross is true. You agree that Jesus Christ IS the Lamb of God as promised all the way back when Abraham prophesied

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.  – Gen 22:8

And He did. His Name is Jesus Christ.


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