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.
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.
We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.
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.
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?
Did Jesus himself understand his death as a penal substitutionary atonement? Or did later New Testament authors make it up?
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.
Penal substitution implies efficacious redemption.
Penal substitution best accounts for why the divine Son had to die, and why he alone saves.
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.
How do we preach the cross without communicating some kind of rupture in the Trinity?
At the root of every caricature of penal substitutionary atonement is a distorted doctrine of God.
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.