The Exchanged Life

Today, I was reading “They Found the Secret” by V. Raymond Edman and was confronted with the term exchanged life. What is the exchanged life? According to Edman, the exchange life is…

“not something, it is some One. It is the indwelling of the Lord Jesus Christ made real and rewarding by the Holy Spirit.”

If Jesus came to that we might have abundant life then the exchanged life replaces our discouragement and defeat with victory; our weakness and weariness with strength; and, our ineffectiveness and apparent uselessness with efficiency and significance.

As we come to a crisis of utter heart surrender to Jesus, we will find that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence. And we live out Paul’s words in Galatians…

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.   (Galatians 2: 20 NLT)

New life exchanged for old. While the path of crisis is different for each of us, the reality and power of the Spirit-filled life is unanimous. Thanks Dr. Edman for this timely reminder!

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