Monday, July 7, 2014


This is one of four major accomplishments that Christ provided in His death on the cross. We will present the remaining three in subsequent articles.

The Savior died to satisfy the demands of the offended righteousness of God the Father. He died in the sinner’s place. True, He also died for the sinner’s benefit. But that does not fully describe the nature and purpose of His finished work.

The strongest expression of Christ’s substitutionary death is given with the Greek preposition anti translated “for.” Christ Himself used this word when He said, “Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Christ died in the sinner’s place. He died instead of the condemned.

The Savior also said of His cross work, “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). The apostle Paul wrote the same to his son in the faith, Timothy. “Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6).

How wonderful! Christ paid the debt we owed. He died in the sinner’s place. Salvation is therefore full and free.