The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isa. 53:6)
Read: Belgic Confession, Articles 20-21
The apostle Paul tried to explain how salvation works in 2 Corinthians 5:21 where he says that Christ took our place of sin so we could take Christ’s place of righteousness. It seems that we traded places with Christ! Some Christian theologians call this the “wonderful exchange.”
The Belgic Confession, Articles 20 and 21 try to explain how salvation works, too. These are difficult articles with dense language. Wading through this material makes us want to exclaim, with the apostle Paul that “we know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified!” Christians have always struggled to find the right words to explain how salvation works, how it is that we are freed from sin and death through Jesus’ death on a cross so many years ago.
After reading and reflecting on the material from the confession and the Scripture, a thoughtful Christian might say, “Well, it’s hard to explain exactly how salvation works. Salvation is like a wonderful exchange. Or, it is like a mighty victory. Or, it is like liberation. But I do know that Jesus is my Savior and Lord as well as Savior and Lord of all the world.” There’s no better conclusion than that.
What language shall I borrow, to thank you dearest Friend, for this, your dying sorrow, your mercy without end? Lord, make me yours forever, a loyal servant true, and let me never, never outlive my love for you. Amen.