Do you deny the penal substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross on behalf of guilty sinners like yourself? If so, give me chapter and verse in Scripture. I would love to converse with you about this.
Soli Deo Gloria!”
I believe in the Vicarious Substitutionary Governmental Atonement of Christ.
The atonement was not a substitution in penalty but a substitution for penalty. It was “passio vicaria” not “poena vicaria.” The penalty for our sins is eternal hell and this of course Christ did not suffer. He did not endure everlasting destruction. The atonement is a substitute for our penalty so that our penalty itself can be remitted in forgiveness by the mercy of God.
Heb. 9:22 says without the shedding of blood is no remission of sins. And Jesus said he shed his blood for the remission of sins. Romans 3:24-26 declares that we are justified freely by the grace of God through Jesus Christ (as opposed to being justified by justice) and that His atonement was a exhibition of the righteousness of God, publicly declaring His justification for remitting the penalty of sins, so that He remains true to justice even though He pardons transgressors. The atonement is the means through which God remains just to Himself, His law, and His universe, even though He remits the penalty that our sins deserve.
The atonement is a governmental substitution of the suffering of Christ for the penalty of sinners. His suffering on the cross takes the place of our damnation in hell, so that our sins can be forgiven and our penalty remitted by the grace and mercy of God. The atonement of Christ accomplishes the same governmental purpose that our damnation would have – the atonement fulfills the governmental office of our penalty as a substitute.
I am writing a book called The Vicarious Atonement of Christ which I hope to finish soon. It is a thorough biblical defense of the governmental substitutionary atonement and a refutation to the penal substitutionary atonement theory.
I will let everyone on Facebook know when the book is done.