Substitution Saves Sinners
I am saved! There is no ifs, ands or
buts about that wonderful fact. There is nothing left for me to do to
complete my salvation. Jesus Christ did it all on Calvary. The covenant of
salvation by grace through faith has been written in His holy, unblemished
The covenant in His blood guarantees all spiritual
blessings are mine forever. Everything that was needed to guarantee my
salvation was completed when Jesus shouted, “It is finished!”
Since I have been born again by the Spirit of God,
there is nothing for me to do either to be saved or to do anything to keep it.
The transaction was completed the moment I believed on Christ as my Savior.
It is the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ that
saves. It is the same justice of God that condemned Jesus and sent Him to the
cross that saves the believer in Jesus Christ. The believing sinner cannot be
punished because Jesus Christ took his punishment.
If God is unjust, I will be damned and sent to an
eternal hell. However, since God is just He will not punish me twice. Jesus
Christ has already paid my punishment in full. The just payment for my sins has
already been extracted by the death of Jesus on my behalf. Jesus paid the debt
in full and received the receipt.
The teaching of the Bible is very clear. Unless God
can be so unjust to demand twice payment for one debt, no person who has put his
or her trust in Christ can ever be punished again.
God is just. That is the foundation of my
confidence. Since God is just, the unbelieving sinner who will not trust in
Christ must be punished. However, Jesus Christ stands in the place of the
believer and is punished in his place. Since God is just, the sinner who calls
upon the name of Jesus believing He died in his place can never be sent to hell.
Salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ
depends upon the unchanging character of God. God must change His eternal
attributes before anyone for whom Christ died as a substitute can ever go to
hell. But the fact is He is immutable; He changes not.
Jesus Christ took the place of the believer and bore
the punishment of death for that believer. Christ suffered for the believer’s
I am a sinner, and I should according to the law of
God pay the penalty for my sins. “The wages of sin is death.” I am a sinner,
and that is the just penalty. I deserve the full force of God’s wrath being
poured out on me.
The apostle Paul asked, “Who shall lay anything to
the charge of God’s elect?” God? No, God will not because He justifies the
believing sinner. Christ? No, because He died for me and rose again. The Holy
Spirit? No, because He came into my life and brought about spiritual
I am a sinner for whom Jesus Christ died. He did not die for the holy or
self-righteous. He died for my sins. My trust is in what Christ did for me,
and stands complete, never to be repeated, or annulled in heaven. I rest my
soul, not in what I am or am not, or shall become, or feel, or know, or
experience emotionally, but in what Jesus Christ did for me as my divine
substitute. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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