Covenant of Exchange

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 KJV

It is important to realize that the suffering and death of Christ culminates into a covenant a believer makes with God through the blood of Jesus. This Covenant that Jesus refers to as the “New Covenant” (1 Cor 11:23-25) is actually a covenant of exchange. His life is a ransom for “many”. This “many” are simply all who accepts him and his death on the cross as the only remedy to their sinfulness and a gateway to a new and a victorious life that God gives to those who put their trust in him.

The word “ransom” took a significant meaning in the Roman slave market. This is what happened: Kind Romans would go to a slave market, look at the slaves being sold there, then negotiates the price with the owners selling them and pay the agreed price and set them free. Why, because they paid the ransom required for their freedom. That is exactly what God has done for us through Christ. He paid the ransom required to set us free from bondage to sin and the hand of Satan who is the author of sin.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV):

‘‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”

On the cross, Christ became a ransom for us to free us from the power of sin, the consequences of sin and Satan

1 John 3:8 KJV

‘‘He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was man￾ifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Whatever the devil did to harm us and interfere with God’s plan for us Christ came to undo them. Gal 3:13-14 says that on the cross Christ redeemed us (ransomed us) from the curse of breaking God’s law in order to open the way for the blessing of Abraham ( Gen 24:1, 34-35, Deut 8:17-18) to come to the non-Jews. The curse of breaking God’s law manifested in three major ways: Poverty, disease and bondage.

On the Cross the following substitution took place to undo the curse of the law:-

  1. Christ was condemned for our sins in order to give as a new start in a new life of righteousness and freedom from bond￾age to sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

‘‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

  1. On the cross he took all our sicknesses on himself in order to open for us a door of freedom from affliction from sickness, infirmities and our complete healing.

Matthew 8:17 NLT

‘This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

1 Peter 2:24 KJV

‘‘Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

By what Christ did on the cross we can resist sickness and claim our healing and God will allow it to manifest because a ransom was paid for you.

  1. He became poor on the cross in order to make a way for us to become rich (God’s Stewards who possess wealth i.e. abundance of material, and financial resources needed as tools for carrying out what God has put in our hearts to do in order to add value to our lives, to others and our world).

2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

All these are incredible. No serious person can ignore what God has done for us through Christ. Those who have accept￾ed Christ as Lord and Saviour should not fail to claim what belongs to them. And those who have not yet accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour should not waste this precious opportunity. You can accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour right now through a simple prayer of commitment: Say aloud these words bellow:

Dear Jesus, I come to you as a sinner. I repent of all my sins. Right now, I invite you into my heart as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

If you said that prayer from your heart you are saved by grace through faith in Christ. Find a bible teaching Church near you where you can fellowship in order to grow spiritually.

Let us know about your commitment to Christ through our contact. God bless.

George Oduch

Senior Pastor and General overseer Victory Church of Christ Ministries International Luzira.

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