In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul writes, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Here Paul tells us that on the cross, Christ exchanged his righteousness for man’s sinfulness by means of imputation. When a sinner believes the Gospel, Christ’s righteousness is credited (imputed) to his account and his sins are credited to Christ’s account. If this “great exchange” does not happen, sinners cannot be forgiven and reckoned righteous before God.
This is the great message of The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness. This book is a study of Christ’s gracious work of atonement on the cross.
According to the authors, The Great Exchange, “…exalts Christ’s finished work of atonement as the central event of all history, where, in union with Christ as our wrath-bearer, curse-bearer and sin-bearer, our sin is forever exchanged for His righteousness.”
The stated goal is, “…to assist the reader in exulting in the unfathomable riches of Christ’s atonement as contained in God’s Word.”
Bridges and Bevington patterned after George Smeaton’s classic work, The Apostle’s Doctrine of the Atonement. However, it is neither an abridgement or modernization of Smeaton’s work. Rather, according to the authors, The Great Exchange is “designed to make the brilliance and depth of Smeaton’s work accessible to mainstream readers while faithfully and accurately representing the intent of his original exposition.”
Here is a great quote from the introduction:
“Many believers view the gospel only as a message to be shared with unbelievers but not personally applicable to themselves anymore. We have learned from personal experience, as well as from the writings of some of the great writers of previous centuries, that we need the gospel as well. We need it to remind ourselves that our day-to-day standing with God is based on Christ’s righteousness, not our performance. We need the gospel to motivate us to strive in our daily experience to be what we are in our standing before God. We need it to produce joy in our lives when we encounter this inevitable trials of living in a fallen and sin-cursed world,” (p. 26).
Lastly, the authors have provided a a free online study guide and additional gospel-centered tools to use for your personal study or group study.