THE GOVERNMENTAL VIEW IS MORE SUBSTITUTIONARY THAN THE PENAL THEORY
If you deserve penalty and Christ took that penalty, that is only one substitution – Christ is your substitute in suffering the penalty you deserve.
But if the atonement substitutes penalty all together, it’s four fold:
- Christ for sinners,
- Pain on the cross for the agony of hell.
- Six hours for eternity,
- Calvary for the lake of fire.
A substitute FOR penalty is a greater substitution than a substitute IN penalty.
The penalty that sinners deserve is not a six hour crucifixion, but the agony of hell for eternity in the lake of fire. Christ did not take our penalty, He substituted it.
SO I told a Calvinist:
“My atonement is more substitutionary than yours.”
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