“Because Jesus was righteous and good, He was the only one who could bear our sin. That’s why God sent Him into the world. If God was going to save sinners, there could be no alternative. On the cross, the judgment of God falls upon the beloved Son of God. Jesus dies forsaken by the Father; bearing our sin; in our place. He pays the debt we owed for all the laws of God we had broken–and all the sin we will ever be guilty of. Thus, the holy demands of God are fully met. Our sin is punished. Wrath is turned away from us; and the love, grace and mercy of God come to us instead. This is God’s answer to human sin. This is the gospel.
“It’s the gospel that saved us, made us Christians, and, as these truths are continually turned over in our hearts and minds, refreshes us and keeps us close to the Lord.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.28
“The Cross was at once the most horrible and the most beautiful example of God’s wrath. It was the most just and the most gracious act in history. God would have been more than unjust, He would have been diabolical to punish Jesus if Jesus had not first willingly taken on Himself the sins the world. Once Christ had done that, once He volunteered to be the Lamb of God, laden with our sin, then He became the most grotesque and vile thing on the planet. With the concentrated load of sin that He carried, He became utterly repugnant to the Father. God poured out His wrath on this obscene thing. God made Christ accursed for the sin He bore. Herein is God’s holy justice perfectly manifest. Yet it was done for us. He took what justice demanded from us. This “for us” aspect of the Cross is what displays the majesty of its grace. At the same time justice and grace, wrath and mercy. It is too astonishing to fathom. We cringe at God’s justice because its expression is so unusual. As Kung observed, God’s usually course of action is one of grace. Grace no longer amazes us. We have grown used to it; we take it for granted.”
– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, p. 172-173
“None of this language [of the atonement] in the New Testament refers to something potential, a mere possibility, or an option; rather each image refers to something that actually accomplishes its end or purpose. So, for example, he can we say that God and sinners are reconciled if these “reconciled sinners” were then cast into hell? Or what kind of propitiation would it be if God’s wrath was not assuaged, or what kind of redemption if the hostages were not set free? The point with all these images is that the benefit envisioned has not merely been made available; it has been secured not by mere the teaching or the ministry of Christ but by his death an resurrection.”
– Mark Dever, The Gospel & Personal Evangelism, p.38-39