The Perfect Exchange

21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

This is the verse has become a stumbling block to Religious Christians who are infested by the lies of theology. When they were in their “evangelistic” mode, they had no problem telling the public that Jesus died for their sins. However, after they switched back to their “normal” mode, they still see themselves as sinners.

I can still remember that in my first church, the pastor defined evangelist as a beggar telling other beggars where to find food. This tells me that this pastor has a very low self esteem and he tried to impose this low self esteem to the whole church. I am glad I left this church. I have no intention to sit under a pastor with a loser’s mentality.

I don’t think the above example is isolated. In fact, it is a common practice of religious churches to exalt low self esteem as godly and humility. This is also why they have unashamedly called themselves and all Christians sinners even after we become believers.

What is God’s position on this? The above verse tells us very clearly that the moment we believe in Jesus, we are the righteousness of God. In God’s opinion, we are righteous people, not sinners. Righteousness and sin do not mix.

At this point, I suspect theologically infested Christian will ask, “What if we sin? Are we not sinners then?”

The answer is in the above verse. Jesus had no sin, yet God made him our sin. Therefore, the reverse must also be true. We who sin become the righteousness of God. The righteous becomes a sinner and the sinner become righteous. This is what I call the Perfect Exchange at the Cross of Calvary.

The Perfect Exchange separates true believing Christians from the rest of the theologically infested Religious Christian. It is the truth that sets us free from the lies and manipulations of theology.

New Creation In Christ

14For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NIV)

The above passage explains why Christians are the new creations. We are no longer our old selves. We are created as a new product. In other parts of the Bible the phrase, “born again” are used to describe our new position with God. In this article, I shall explain deeper on the entire context of new creation stated in the above verses. Of course, knowing what the Bible says is useless unless we can use it for our prosperity. Here we go.

Verse 14 starts with, Christ’s love compels us. We are compelled by the Christ’s love. Compel is neither a threat nor a blackmail. When we obey God, we are doing it willingly out of the abundance of love God has poured into our hearts. So, we do it joyfully. We do not obey God out of fear that if we defy him, he might do perverted things to us like giving us some thorns in the flesh to show us his sufficient grace. This is the truth that no theologians or doctrine worshippers can understand.

We do not need some theological preachers to threaten or blackmail us to live holy lives. We live holy lives because holiness is our nature. This is why you can never hear any threats or blackmails in churches that preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What does Christ love compels is in? The answer is in the subsequent part of the same verse.

“because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”

The crucial point here is “one died for all, and therefore all died.” Who is the “one” who died for all? Jesus is the one. At the Cross, Jesus dies for all our sins. His work is complete. He knows how to do his job properly. This means we do not have to die for our sins. We do not have to do anything else to pay for the penalty of our sins.

The last part says “therefore all died.” After we have become Christians, we are as good as died for all our sins. Therefore, we are holy in the eyes of God. Our holiness is a result of what Jesus has done and not by our own actions.

All our sins, may they be the past, present or future, are all accounted for at the Cross. Therefore, we can commit all the sins we want and still go to heaven when we die. It is only by believing in this truth that we can live truly holy lives.

This is also the reason why theologically infested churches are so obsessed in persecuting people who proclaim this truth. They do not mind using this truth in their evangelistic activities to recruit more members but at the same time, they are also quick to slander others to make this truth a part of their lives. This is an example of religious hypocrisy. Why do they resort to such hypocrisy? Their master, the Theologian (also known as Satan) does not want Christians to live holy lives.

Verse 15 tells us that since Christ has died for us, we should not live for ourselves but for him. This is another verse that is highly abused by religious churches. They will tell you that you must live for Jesus. This means you must obey everything Jesus said (through the preachers, of course) like serve in the church, go for missions and give money to the church. Is this what the writer of the verse means?

Verse 16 tells us the answer.

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”

The phrase “living for Christ” refers strictly on seeing the world on a different perspective. What perspective should we adopt. Throughout the Bible, we can read that we are always reminded to see things from a positive perspective because our God is a very positive person. He knows how to do his job. He never gives up, he is always on our side and he always keep all his promises including promises on politically incorrect things like health and wealth.

This is what the Bible means by new creation.

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

As the new creation, we live by faith and not by fear. No matter how big the problem is, we believe deep in our hearts that our God has the answer for it. We live with great expectation that we can overcome every problem, trial and temptation. He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Our God is both able and willing to help us to triumph over every difficulty in our lives.

We may face setbacks or defeats from time to time but we will never give up. No matter how many times we have fallen, we shall always get up again. We are confident that we can never lose. We are like the heros in the action movies. As long as the hero has not won, the movie must continue. The only way the movie is allowed to end is for the hero to win. This is how movie of life is played.

Have you triumphed over all your difficulties? Do you have more money than you can spend? Do you have perfect health? Do you enjoy great family relationships? Have you receive everything you desire? If you have a “no” in any of the above, you have not reach the end of your movie. Everything you desire is just ahead of you. Get up and take it.

This is the life of a new creation.