PSA AS THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL
The task which I have set myself in this lecture is to focus and explicate a belief which, by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.
It is only in viewing Christ as our penal substitute that we truly understand the depth of God’s holy love for us, the horrendous nature of our sin before God, and the glory of our substitute—Jesus Christ our Lord.
What exactly does “penal substitution” mean?
Did Jesus himself understand his death as a penal substitutionary atonement? Or did later New Testament authors make it up?
20 quotes from It Is Well, a book by Mark Dever & Michael Lawrence.
PSA AND ITS CHALLENGERS
At the root of every caricature of penal substitutionary atonement is a distorted doctrine of God.
How do we preach the cross without communicating some kind of rupture in the Trinity?
Penal substitution offers a helpful corrective to those living in an honor-shame culture, and helps them rightly understand their status before God and what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ.
Did the church fathers also hold to the doctrine of penal substitution? The answer is yes and no.
PSA AND ITS DOCTRINAL CONNECTIONS
Penal substitution best accounts for why the divine Son had to die, and why he alone saves.
Penal substitution implies efficacious redemption.
From the bruised heel of Genesis 3:15 to the reigning lamb of Revelation 22:1, the Bible is a redemptive story of a crucified messiah who brings the kingdom through his atoning death on the cross.
The entire storyline of Scripture, the history of redemption, is the story of God providing substitutes for his people to cover their shame and bear the judgment they deserved so that they might be accepted by him.
Consider recommending these five books on this precious doctrine to your people.
PSA AND COUNSELING
The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement keeps me sane and secure amid suffering.
As a former victim and as a pastor to the abused, I wish to look at some of the practical implications of holding to PSA.
As counselors, we must help our counselees see that because of Christ’s substitutionary atonement they can have relief from guilt and shame, a proper view of forgiveness, and access to the Father.
PSA AND WORSHIP
In explaining covenantal headship to your members, it will be helpful to walk them through three closely related biblical truths: total depravity, the virgin birth, and substitutionary atonement.
In our personal evangelism, to what degree should we explain PSA as we seek to make sense of the bloody cross, the vanguard of our Christian gospel?
How can a church in a secular setting work toward a culture where discussing God’s wrath and substitutionary atonement isn’t frowned upon but celebrated?
We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.
Some professing Christians don’t know what it means when we say “Jesus died for you.” Pulpits are to blame for this serious confusion.
Christ in his death and resurrection is the beating heart of the gospel. So preach penal substitutionary atonement in all its range and richness.
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