In a few words, it means we have made the decision to exchange our life for the life of Jesus living in us, through us and as us to bring glory to God.
The term “exchanged life” is taken from Isaiah 40:31.
“. . .but those who wait upon 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.”
The term “exchanged life” is directly related to the believer’s discovery of a new identity in Christ. The believer is a new creation; one born of God.
“. . .if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
” . . . God made me a new man! God has made me a new man!
I became aware of my exchanged life and my new identity in Christ in August, 2000. You can read my account of that day, August 11, 2000. Click here.
Here’s just a taste of what my Exchanged Life means to me:
- God loves me with an everlasting love that will never change
- God accepts me exactly as I am.
- I received everything I needed to be who God wants me to be the moment I accepted Jesus as my Savior
- Being an authentic follower of Jesus is not a subject I need to learn, it’s a life I want to live
- I won’t become a “better” follower the longer I’m saved
- I can’t learn to be a “better” follower by sitting in a classroom or sitting in a seminar
- I can grow in grace only as I learn to love God more
- I serve Him because I love Him, not because I think I need to
- I am an authentic follower of Jesus and I don’t call myself a Christian
- I don’t have to do anything to gain God’s approval or acceptance
- I have an eternal inheritance and will spend eternity with God
- God only sees me through the blood of Jesus
- As a result, I am a saint, not a sinner
- God sees me as holy and righteous
- Not for what I do or don’t do, but for what Christ did
- My identity does not depend on things I do, but on who I am in Jesus
- Jesus wants to live his life in me, through me and as me
- I have been crucified with Christ
- I am a totally new creation since Jesus came to make his home in me
- The Holy Spirit teaches me God’s truth and convicts me when I sin
- The Holy Spirit warns me when I am headed for disobedience before I get there
- I only have one nature. Jesus and Satan can not both dwell in the same body
- I still sin, but I know my sins are already forgiven