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The Great Exchange

The Great Exchange

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A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.
A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.

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The Great Exchange:A Double Portion For Sin 1
DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
T
HE
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 XCHANGE
A Double Portion For Sin
DanielA.Brown,PhD
God’sinterestistotransformbrokenandbruisedpeoplelikeyouandmeblightedsoulsravagedbyincidents,accidents,andwillfulness—notonlybyremovingthedamage,butalsobydoingussomuchgoodthatweendupwithadoubleportionofblessingfromHishand.Mostofthetime,welivewithshameforthingswehavedoneorthathavebeendonetous.Theguilthangsaboutuslikealow‐pressurezoneintowhichominouscloudspourtheirdepressingmixofwintrydepressionontousbecause…well,itistrue,wehavedonethosethingsweshouldn’thavedone.Unspeakableactshavebeenstageduponourheartandwithourbody—notallofwhichwereourchoice,butthesulliedrefuseofthosetimeshavelitteredoursouls,nonetheless,likediscardedwrappers,smellsandfoodstuffsinaback‐alleydumpster.Eventhoughweknowweareforgiven
(kindof?),
wecannotescapethegnawinghunchthatoursoiled,usedconditiondisqualifiesusfromreallycountingformuchintheLord.RegardlessofthepotentialweusedtohavetobecomesomethingofnobleuseintheKingdom,wehaveblownitsobadly,andhaveturnedaway—makingintentionalanddeep‐seateddepartures—fromJesus’instructionsomanytimesthattherecannotbeanyhopeforour
 future‐that‐was‐His‐plan
.
 
The Great Exchange:A Double Portion For Sin 2
DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
ThebestwecannowimagineisthatperhapstheLordwillatleastacceptusasHis.ThoughourwaywardnesshasdeniedHim,wepraythatwearenotyettothepoint whereHewilldenyknowingus. WewillevensettlewithoutcomplaintforbeingmarginallyacceptedbytheLord. AllthoughtofbeingdelightedinorusedmeaningfullybyHimvanishedlongago,probablythefifteenthtimewerepeatedasinwhenour
“I‐really‐mean‐it‐this‐time” 
confessionfromthepreviousepisodewasbarelyoffourtongue.Howliketheprodigalsonweare:werehearsespeechesandargumentsinourmindthatwehopewillconvinceourFatherofjusthowrepulsedwearebyourownbehavior.Sincewearewithoutexcuseforwhathashappened,weidentifytheleastandlowliestpointofcontinuedconnectionwecouldpossiblyhaveinHishousehold.WethinkwewillpleaseHimwithourloweredaspirationsaboutour
surely‐by‐now
‐forfeitedfuture.
G
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ButthatdoesnotpleaseHim.Whatcrazedandill‐conceivedlogicwouldmakeHimwanttoplaceHissonintheservants’quarters,orkeephimatadistancenowthathehascomeallthewayhome?WhathaschangedfortheFather?Onlyoneimportantdetail,itissosimplethattheprodigalcannotseeit:
“Butwehadtocelebrateandrejoice,forthisbrotherofyourswasdeadandhasbeguntolive,andwaslostandhasbeenfound.”Matthew15:32
TheFatherhasnoneedforrehearsedspeeches;Hedoesn’tengageincleverI‐told‐ you‐this‐would‐happenlinesorlesson‐teachingconsequences.HesaysallHehastosaywithtearsofjoyandlove‐holdingarmswithwhichHeembracesHisson
 justasheis,
 withfilthfromthepigstystillclingingtohisskinandrags.NothinginGod’shearteverchangestowardus—evenwhenourgo‐it‐alonechoiceshaveleftusmarked,stainedandchanged.TheonlychangeHeordersisforourclothing—fromfilthyragstofestiverobes.Itisstilltrue,don’tyourealize?EvenafterthatfirsttimewhenGodexchangedyourdirtygarments,Hejoyfullydoesitagainandagain—asmanytimesasnecessarytoaffirmouridentityasHischild:
“NowJoshuawasclothedwithfilthygarmentsandstandingbeforetheangel.Hespokeandsaidtothosewhowerestandingbeforehim,saying,
 
The Great Exchange:A Double Portion For Sin 3
DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
“NowJoshuawasclothedwithfilthygarments,andwasstandingbeforetheangel.Hespokeandsaidtothosewhowerestandingbeforehim,saying,‘Removethefilthygarmentsfromhim.’Againhesaidtohim,‘See,Ihavetakenyouriniquityawayfromyouandwillclotheyouwithfestalrobes.”" Zechariah3:3‐4
Forallofushavebecomelikeonewhoisunclean,andallourrighteousdeedsarelikeafilthygarment;andallofuswitherlikealeaf,andouriniquities,likethewind,takeusaway.Isaiah64:6
Godwantstosaytous,“Dearone,notonlydoIacceptyou,butIdofarmorethanmerelyacceptyou.Idelightinyou,Iloveyou,Ichoose
as‐though‐for‐the‐first‐time
touseyouforMypurposes.ItisnevertoolatewhenyoureturntoMe.”Godknowsyou,andwhatHeknows
(i.e.,you),
Helikes.Hemadeyouonpurpose,andHe
(still)
hashighcallinganddestinyandsignificanceforyounomatterwhatmistakesorwrongchoicesyouhavemade.
G
OD
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OUBLE
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ORTIONFOR
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IwanttoexploreafascinatingthemeintheBiblewecallthegreatexchangeorthegreatconversion.Itis,asIhavesaid,God’splantorecoveryousocompletelythat youbecomeamarvel
(believeitornot),
amiraclesignforotherstobehold.The wordsJesusreadtoannouncethebeginningofHisearthlyministry,Isaiah61:1‐7,referencethatplantorelievetheafflicted,healthebrokenhearted,freethebound,comfortthemourning,andsendsuchrestored/strengthenedpeopletorebuildothers.Whenthatplanisinoperation,peoplelikeyouandme....
“...willbecalledthepriestsoftheLord;youwillbespokenofasministersofourGod......Insteadof(your)shameyouwillhaveadoubleportion,andinsteadofhumiliationthey(you)willshoutforjoyovertheir
(your)
 portion.Therefore,they
(you)
willpossessadoubleportionintheland,everlastingjoywillbetheirs(yours).’”Isaiah61:6;
7
 AsimilarversehighlightstherestorativeministryofJesus—andhowHechoosestoconvertusbacktoourintendedcondition,asopposedtocuttingusoffbecauseoftheconditionwearein:
“AbruisedreedHewillnotbreakandadimlyburningwickHewillnotextinguish;Hewillfaithfullybringforthjustice.”Isaiah42:3

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