The eternal God, rich, became poor, humbled into human flesh, killed, and executed on the cross. This was a great exchange so we could have His riches.
The human condition has been called total depravity. Nothing can bring about redemption but believing in God and His power to save. The Lord has taken our place and put us in His place. This is the process of justification. The settlement of sin debt has been met. There was a great exchange for our salvation from sin and we have been reconciled to God. Reconciliation is the rejoining with God. We have received atonement with God. We are at one with Him.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
In tough times, the true gospel is what will bring people to understand the great exchange. Our sin has been taken on and carried by Jesus and has been exchanged for our righteousness. He has never, and will never, sin. But God sent His Son and made Him to be sin for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who know no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 8:9
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.
Christ made a great exchange in that though He was rich He became poor. Through His poverty we became rich. Christ’s riches are His eternal place with God. Jesus shares all the richness of the glory of God. Jesus is rich in power and mercy. He left all those riches of heaven to empty Himself for us. He assumed all of the human condition, all of humanity.
There is an adversary that despises that the great exchange took place. We have an enemy that hates us because Jesus gave us His riches.