Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Grudem Interview Part 6: On the Atonement

Adrian Warnock's interview with Dr. Wayne Grudem turns in a slightly different direction today. Part 6 is about the departure of some evangelicals from a penal substitutionary understanding of the Atonement.
Of course, the Atonement is the heart of the gospel, for without the cross there is no salvation. Therefore, it is essential that we understand what happened when the Lord Jesus was crucified. Jesus didn't simply die on the cross; He bore the Father's wrath against sin, for the sake of the elect.
"I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10:15).
"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:4-6).
"For our sake [God] made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God..." (1 Peter 3:18).

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