- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Sin and Salvation
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 15:03
This objection points out a weakness in understanding the gospel. No precept or principle guides us to tell the sinner, "the Lord Jesus died for you." The gospel declares a divine provision for ALL (John 3:16,17; 1 Timothy 2-5) and this great provision is extended to "whosoever believeth in Him." The context of the truth of substitution always involves those who have already appreciated the death of Christ for them personally (Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 1 Corinthians 15:3). Keeping to scriptural terms is important in our gospel witness and will never cripple us. To distinguish between the death of Christ on BEHALF of all and the death of Christ in the STEAD of "the many" (Mark 10-45) is important: one is satisfaction and provision; the other is substitution (Romans 3:22; 1 John 2:2).