But God- His Nature for Mine!


But God Image_Color_CrossLast week we talked about one aspect of this great exchange that took place for us as Christians. Today we'll discuss the basis on which that is true. Did you notice that I said it happened for us? I could have said 'with' us, since it was an exchange. Possibly 'to' us would describe it as well. My desire was to communicate that the exchange was done on our behalf AND that we had absolutely no part in the exchange taking place. Let's look a bit closer at a familiar passage to understand better what I'm talking about;

'But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.' (Isaiah 40:31)

In the original Hebrew, the word translated here as 'renew', meant 'substitute' or 'exchange'. Here is what I am trying to say- when a I became a Christian, I became a brand new person. God exchanged, substituted, a brand spanking new life in the place of my old one! To the point that the old person was dead and gone. This new person I became had literally never existed before! Now that is a great exchange. What happened to me and how? Well, we could unwrap that for weeks and months. But, here goes with an overview of what and how. Before going into that, however, I want to restate the Who. This was all accomplished on our behalf by Him. We really had nothing to do with the exchange. Probably didn't even know it was taking place.

What happened was that when you accepted Jesus, the person, Tom, in my case, was crucified with Jesus. Remember, He is not bound by time. The old, Tom, who had the sinful nature he had always had, thanks to his ancestors, Adam and Eve, was killed on the cross with Jesus. That old person was dead. So dead, he was buried with Jesus. BUT then he was raised with Jesus. This new Tom who came out of the grave with Jesus had a new nature, The nature of Jesus! That is right and praise Him for that truth. Tom still only has one nature, but the great exchange was that Jesus traded Tom His righteous nature for Tom's sinful nature. What a trade! The new Tom, which is who I truly am-regardless whether I know it or not, believe it or not, act like it or not, feel like it or not, or have other people telling me I am or not- this new Tom is totally righteous

Let's close by listening in on what Paul writes to the Corinthians;

'He made the One(Jesus) who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.' (2Corinthians5:21)

That was the great exchange! His nature for mine! He became sin so that I might become righteous! That verse and many more about the same exchange are in the past tense. Nothing for us to do except humbly thank Him. Then we are free to begin behaving like who we already are! What a deal. What a God! I encourage us all to be thanking Him daily for the exchange.





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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