God sent Jesus to live on this earth as a Man for one principal mission. He sent Jesus to live, yes, but more dramatically, He sent Jesus to die.
 
For the verses which prove these statements to be true, go to sections titled He Sent Jesus, Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifice, and His Purchase.
 
In Jesus’ Sacrifice, you’ll learn that the purchase price for restoring us to relationship with God was Jesus’ Blood.
 
As with any purchase, offers were made and accepted, and an exchange occurred. However, this exchange was so much higher, so much more extravagant, than any earthly transaction.
 
Isaiah 55:8-9
    8For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
    9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

 
After all, the eternal Purchase Price, Jesus, was not just “any man.” Here is one concise summary of Who willingly offered His life in exchange for your eternal life:
 
Colossians 2:9-10
    9For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
    10And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
 

Numerous offers were made with this one extravagant exchange of Jesus’ life for all Mankind. As you read these, make every effort to replace every “we” and “us” with your name, with “me” and “I.”
 
If you do that, your eyes will be opened to the eternal, extravagant exchange which was determined for you ― gifted to you ― by the One Who Names Himself Your Father.


 
Bible teacher Derek Prince summarized that ten exchanges resulted when Jesus died on the cross and shed His Blood for our sins. We’ll first read the ten exchanges and then we’ll look at Bible verses which support these exchanges.
 
1.      Jesus was punished [for the sins that we’ve committed] that we might be forgiven.
 
2.      Jesus was wounded [for the sins that we’ve committed] that we might be healed.
 
3.      Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with His righteousness.
 
4.      Jesus died our death that we might share His life.
 
5.      Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing.
 
6.      Jesus endured our spiritual poverty that we might share His abundance.
 
7.      Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory.
 
8.      Jesus endured our rejection that we might have His acceptance with the Father.
 
9.      Jesus was cut off by death that we might be joined to God eternally.
 
10.  Our old man (who we were before we accepted Jesus) was put to death in Him that the new man might come to life in us.
 
Isaiah 53 summarizes Jesus’ mission:
 
Isaiah 53:All
    1Who has believed (trusted in, relied upon, and clung to) our message [of that which was revealed to us]? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed?
    2For [the Servant of God, Jesus] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.
    3He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
    4Surely He [Jesus] has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
    5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
    6All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.
    7He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
    8By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living [stricken to His death] for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
    9And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
    10Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
    11He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].
    12Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious).
 
Isaiah 52:14-15
    14[For many the Servant of God became an object of horror; many were astonished at Him.] His face and His whole appearance were marred more than any man's, and His form beyond that of the sons of men--but just as many were astonished at Him,
    15So shall He startle and sprinkle many nations [with His Blood], and kings shall shut their mouths because of Him; for that which has not been told them shall they see, and that which they have not heard shall they consider and understand.

 
Hebrews 9:11-22 explains why Jesus’ Blood was the only Price which could purchase us. To read this passage and others like it, contemplate the section called Jesus’ Sacrifice.
 
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Now, let’s look at these exchanges one by one.
 
Jesus was punished [for the sins that we’ve committed] that we might be forgiven.
 
The Bible clearly states that disobedience against God’s righteous commands must be punished. Proving His Heart of Love, God sent Jesus to shed His Blood as God’s solution to cleanse us from all of our sins ― past, present, and future ― that we might be restored to the Father-child relationship with God for which we were designed.
 
Jeremiah 33:8
    8And I [God] will cleanse them from all the guilt and iniquity [sin] by which they have sinned against Me, and I will forgive all their guilt and iniquities by which they have sinned and rebelled against Me.

 
Isaiah 53:4-5
    4Surely He [Jesus] has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
    5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities [sin]; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
 
Isaiah 53:10
     10Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
 
Isaiah 53:11-12
    11He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].
    12Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious).
 
Hebrews 9:22
    22[In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.
 
Matthew 26:28
    28For [Jesus says] this is My blood of the new covenant, which ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
 
Acts 10:43
    43To Him all the prophets testify (bear witness) that everyone who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him] receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
 
Acts 13:38-39
    38So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you;
    39And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.
 
Colossians 1:13-14
    13[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
    14In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
 
Colossians 1:19-20
    19For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him [Jesus] permanently.
    20And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
 
Micah 7:18-19
    18Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger [at rebellion] forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness.
    19He will again have compassion on us; He will subdue and tread underfoot our iniquities (sins). You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
 
Psalm 85:2
    2You have forgiven and taken away the iniquity of Your people, You have covered all their sin. Selah [pause, and calmly realize what that means]!



 
Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.
 
Mark 10:33-34
    33[Saying], Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be turned over to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn and sentence Him to death and turn Him over to the Gentiles.
    34And they will mock Him and spit on Him, and whip Him and put Him to death; but after three days He will rise again [from death].
 
Luke 18:31-34
    31Then taking the Twelve [apostles] aside, He said to them, Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written about the Son of Man through and by the prophets will be fulfilled.
    32For He will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be made sport of and scoffed and jeered at and insulted and spit upon.
    33They will flog Him and kill Him; and on the third day He will rise again.
    34But they understood nothing of these things; His words were a mystery and hidden from them, and they did not comprehend what He was telling them.
 
Isaiah 53:4-5
    4Surely He [Jesus] has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
    5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities [sin]; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
 
1 Peter 2:24
    24He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.



 

Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with His righteousness.
 
John 1:29
    29The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!
 
2 Corinthians 5:21
    21For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
 
1 John 3:5
    5You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [essentially and forever].
 
Hebrews 9:28
    28Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.
 
Acts 2:38-39
    38And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    39For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
 
Acts 3:19-21
    19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
    20And that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you--even Jesus,
    21Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past [from the most ancient time in the memory of man].
 
Romans 4:7-8
    7Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.
    8Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.
 
Isaiah 61:10
    10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
 
Romans 3:22-24
    22Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
    23Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.
    24[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
 
Romans 3:26
    26It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.
 
Romans 5:8-9
    8But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
    9Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ's blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God [against the unrepentant].
 
1 John 4:19
    19We love Him, because He first loved us.



 

Jesus died our death that we might share His life.
 
Romans 6:23
    23For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Galatians 1:3-5
    3Grace and spiritual blessing be to you and [soul] peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah),
    4Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father--
    5To Him [be ascribed all] the glory through all the ages of the ages and the eternities of the eternities! Amen (so be it).
 
Hebrews 2:9
    9But we are able to see Jesus, Who was ranked lower than the angels for a little while, crowned with glory and honor because of His having suffered death, in order that by the grace (unmerited favor) of God [to us sinners] He might experience death for every individual person.
 
1 Corinthians 15:22
    22For just as [because of their union of nature] in Adam all people die, so also [by virtue of their union of nature] shall all in Christ be made alive.
 
Romans 5:21
    21So that, [just] as sin has reigned in death, [so] grace (His unearned and undeserved favor) might reign also through righteousness (right standing with God) which issues in eternal life through Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) our Lord.
 
John 1:17
    17For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.
 
Ephesians 2:1-10
    1And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins
    2In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].
    3Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.
    4But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,
    5Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
    6And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    7He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.
    8For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
    9Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
    10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].



 

Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing.
 
These two verses in Deuteronomy summarize Moses’ Law regarding curses:
 
Deuteronomy 28:15
    15But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you:
 
Deuteronomy 28:45
    45All these curses shall come upon you and shall pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

 
This passage in Galatians summarizes Jesus’ triumph in redeeming us from the curses of the Law of Moses:
 
Galatians 3:13-14
    13Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);
    14To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit.

 
For a thorough presentation of the blessings those of us who have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice can enjoy, go to the section called His Promises For Your Family. These promises also define His abundance.



 

Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance.
 
Without God, we are poor in spirit. Belief in Jesus changes that.
 
Matthew 5:3
    3Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous-- with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
 
2 Corinthians 8:9
    9For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied).
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
    6[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.
    7Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving].
    8And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
    9As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!
    10And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
    11Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity] will bring forth thanksgiving to God.



 

Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory.
 
2 Corinthians 4:1-2
    1Therefore, since we do hold and engage in this ministry by the mercy of God [granting us favor, benefits, opportunities, and especially salvation], we do not get discouraged (spiritless and despondent with fear) or become faint with weariness and exhaustion.
    2We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man's conscience.
 
Job 11:13-20
    13If you set your heart aright and stretch out your hands to [God],
    14If you put sin out of your hand and far away from you and let not evil dwell in your tents;
    15Then can you lift up your face to Him without stain [of sin, and unashamed]; yes, you shall be steadfast and secure; you shall not fear.
    16For you shall forget your misery; you shall remember it as waters that pass away.
    17And [your] life shall be clearer than the noonday and rise above it; though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
    18And you shall be secure and feel confident because there is hope; yes, you shall search about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.
    19You shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall sue for your favor.
    20But the eyes of the wicked shall look [for relief] in vain, and they shall not escape [the justice of God]; and their hope shall be to give up the ghost [to die].
 
Isaiah 61:6-7
    6But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and the glory [once that of your captors] shall be yours.
    7Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
 
Romans 3:22-24
    22Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
    23Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.
    24[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
 
Hebrews 12:1-4
     1Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
    2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
    3Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
    4You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your [own] blood.
 
Hebrews 2:10
    10For it was an act worthy [of God] and fitting [to the divine nature] that He, for Whose sake and by Whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect [should bring to maturity the human experience necessary to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest] through suffering.
 
John 1:14
    14And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.
 
Romans 9:23
    23And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,
 
2 Corinthians 3:6-17
    6[It is He] Who has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not [ministers] of the letter (of legally written code) but of the Spirit; for the code [of the Law] kills, but the [Holy] Spirit makes alive.
    7Now if the dispensation of death engraved in letters on stone [the ministration of the Law], was inaugurated with such glory and splendor that the Israelites were not able to look steadily at the face of Moses because of its brilliance, [a glory] that was to fade and pass away,
    8Why should not the dispensation of the Spirit [this spiritual ministry whose task it is to cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit] be attended with much greater and more splendid glory?
    9For if the service that condemns [the ministration of doom] had glory, how infinitely more abounding in splendor and glory must be the service that makes righteous [the ministry that produces and fosters righteous living and right standing with God]!
    10Indeed, in view of this fact, what once had splendor [the glory of the Law in the face of Moses] has come to have no splendor at all, because of the overwhelming glory that exceeds and excels it [the glory of the Gospel in the face of Jesus Christ].
    11For if that which was but passing and fading away came with splendor, how much more must that which remains and is permanent abide in glory and splendor!
    12Since we have such [glorious] hope (such joyful and confident expectation), we speak very freely and openly and fearlessly.
    13Nor [do we act] like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze upon the finish of the vanishing [splendor which had been upon it].
    14In fact, their minds were grown hard and calloused [they had become dull and had lost the power of understanding]; for until this present day, when the Old Testament (the old covenant) is being read, that same veil still lies [on their hearts], not being lifted [to reveal] that in Christ it is made void and done away.
    15Yes, down to this [very] day whenever Moses [the Jewish Law] is read, a veil lies upon their minds and hearts.
    16But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.
    17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).