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THE GREAT EXCHANGE

AWIS March

You must have heard of the word “scapegoat”. In case you haven’t, it refers to one who is punished on the behalf of others. The root of it is God’s instruction to Aaron to present two goats before Him on the day of atonement. One goat was chosen by lot to be the scapegoat. Aaron then laid his two hands on the head of the goat and confessed all the transgressions and sins of the children of Israel on the goat and sent it into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The second goat was slain as a sin offering.

The scapegoat was a type and shadow of Jesus Christ who bore the transgressions and sins of humanity. Christ was crucified outside the camp and by His blood our sins are forgiven and we stand blameless before God. I love the way Apostle Paul put it in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 21: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. So all my sins were laid on Jesus so that I might become a beneficiary of God’s righteousness in Christ. What an awesome privilege! There couldn’t be a better exchange!

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

When Adam, the first man, sinned, he incured the wrath of God and was condemned to eternal death. It is good to note that he did not steal or lie; neither did he commit adultery or murder. But by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil against the express instruction of God, he disobeyed God and became a sinner. Adam was not guilty of disobedience, he was guilty of all sins and stood condemned before God. Apostle James said it: if you break one law, you are as guilty as if you broke all other laws.

When God wrote out the ten commandments for Israel and gave thousands of ordinances and laws covering everything under the sun, He was simply showing the people how impossible it is to keep His laws. And when it gets to keeping the laws, to borrow a popular expression, the devil is in the details. Sins are not limited to stealing, telling lies, committing fornication or adultery or murder. What of envy, jealousy, hatred, wrath, rebellion, bitterness or looking at a girl lustfully, or calling another a fool? Did you know that knowing what to do and not doing it is a sin? And whatever you do that is not of faith is a sin. No wonder Apostle Paul said that all have sinned.

The judgment of God is that every sin must be punished and every sinner must die. Sickness and disease came because of sin. Everyone who broke the law attracted a curse. God withheld rain because of sin and the people became poor. And at the end, the sinner will spend eternity in hell. But God could accept substitutional death in place of the sinner and blood sacrifice for the remission of sins. So at first, if anyone sinned, he could kill a goat or a bull as a sacrifice to God and the blood of the animal would cover his sins. He had to offer that every time he sinned.

God was not satisfied with the blood of bulls and goats; He needed blood that could take away the sins of man once and for all. So He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, who bore all our sins in His body and died in our place on the cross. By believing in Jesus, all our sins are forgiven and we have right standing with God. By faith in Him, we are justified and free from every condemnation. You don’t have to pay for your sins anymore or do penance to be forgiven. Jesus paid it all! You are saved by grace through faith; not of works. It is the gift of God lest anyone should boast.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Redemption is a full package. Jesus also took your sickness and disease so that you can receive healing and live in health by faith. By faith, you can live free from every curse, and by faith you can escape poverty and shame. Everything you need is in Christ Jesus.

The remarkable thing is that the blood of Jesus can cleanse the vilest of sinners. No matter who you are or how terrible your sins, the blood of Jesus is more than enough. It will not only atone for your sins but will set you free from the bondage of sin so you can live a life of righteousness in Christ.

If you have never received forgiveness of sin by the blood of Jesus, I invite you to do so now as you pray: MY FATHER, I RETURN TO YOU TODAY AND ASK THAT YOU FORGIVE MY SINS THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS TOOK MY PLACE AND DIED TO PAY THE PENALTY FOR MY SINS. I RECEIVE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH. I AM NO MORE A SLAVE TO SIN AND THE DEVIL. I AM YOUR CHILD FROM TODAY. THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME IN CHRIST JESUS. AMEN!

Expecting you in Sure Word Assembly this week. Bring a friend along.

Article written by Dr. Dennis Inyang (pastor@surewordassembly.org)

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