I was reminded of what smarter people call penal substitutionary atonement today when I read the following:
By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified —Hebrews 10:14
“We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ… God is just in saving bad people only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The atonement by the Cross of Christ is the propitiation God uses to make unholy people holy.”
~ My Utmost For His Highest – Oswald Chambers
We are saved by works. GASP! Yes, I just said that and NO, I’m not Roman Catholic.
(Never even been to Italy)
We are saved because God did something. Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished!” He said this because He did something. He accomplished something. That is why we have nothing left to do to be saved but call on Him who is forever blessed for doing everything. Amen!
Jesus HAD TO die because you deserve to die. If your sin is not really that bad (as Alistair Begg once put it, “If God merely winks at sin”) then Jesus was punished excessively and the post-modern heretics are right: God is guilty of divine child abuse.
But you cannot accomplish what Jesus did and God is not unjust.
This is very Good News.