The Sweet Exchange

Martin Luther called it the “happy change” in his commentary on Galatians 3.  He may have been borrowing from the language of the Epistle to Diognetus where the author, in discussing the benefits of salvation, exclaims, “O sweet exchange!”

We know it as the doctrine of justification.  As our sermon series on the fullness of salvation continues, we are moving into a section covering the order of salvation, or “ordo salutis,” as it is known in Latin by theologians.  It is common in Evangelical circles to describe justification as “just as if I never sinned.”  That’s true as far as it goes, but unfortunately only tells half the story.  For the rest of the story, listen to The Sweet Exchange: Justification.  The sermon not only discusses what justification is, but offers some thoughts on why it matters.

For the whole series, go to this page: The Fullness of Salvation.

May God’s Word be a blessing to you!

And as a little bonus, this gem from the Epistle to Diognetus:

He Himself took on Him the burden of our iniquities, He gave His own Son as a ransom for us, the holy One for transgressors, the blameless One for the wicked, the righteous One for the unrighteous, the incorruptible One for the corruptible, the immortal One for them that are mortal.  For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness?  By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, than by the only Son of God?  O sweet exchange!  O unsearchable operation!  O benefits surpassing all expectation!, that the wickedness of many should be hid in a single righteous One, and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors!

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