The Exchanged Life

21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls (James 1).

James offers us two basic synonyms for sin: “filthiness” (“vile behavior”) and“wickedness” (“shameless breaking of moral law”). Anything less than perfect living is nothing less than vile behavior before a holy God; and anything less than perfect obedience is nothing less than wickedness before a righteous God.

This filthiness and wickedness we are to “put aside” and exchange with “the word” of truth (the gospel) which we gladly “receive,” allowing it to be“implanted” deep within our hearts. This putting aside and receiving is what “saves [our] souls”—nothing less will do. The saved life is an exchanged one: my sin for Christ’s perfection, my filthiness for His purity, my wickedness for His righteousness.

Lord, thank You for this exchanged life! Help us This Day to live it out with gladness and joy. Amen.