April 10, 2012
The Doctrine of Soteriology
God’s complete work by which He
from eternal ruin,
and bestows on him
the riches of His grace.
remove the penalty of sin.
remove the guilt of sin.
satisfy the justice of God.
end the enmity and restore peace.
He ditched the old model, started from scratch, made us new creatures in Christ, and has graced us out with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
All of the work of Christ that involves getting rid of negatives was done on behalf of all people in the world.
All of the work that involves giving positive things is done on behalf of believers.
The blood of Christ - His substitutionary spiritual death on the cross - provided redemption, expiation, propitiation, and reconciliation for every man.
The Saving Work of Jesus Christ
Redemption = Jesus Christ PAID THE PRICE for all sins
Propitiation = Jesus Christ SATISFIED the justice of God the Father
Reconciliation = God’s PEACE TREATY with the entire human race
The only question that remains is whether a man is satisfied with the sacrifice that completely satisfies God.
Original artwork by Deacon Rick Bettez of Grace Bible Church, Somerset MA
EXPIATION = CANCELLING the DEBT. To put an end to the guilt. It is the PENALTY side of the cross.
PROPITIATION = SATISFACTION. The justice of God is completely satisfied with the Person and Work of Christ. It is the GODWARD side of the cross.
RECONCILIATION = the removal of the barrier between God and man. Man is restored to PEACE with God. It is the MANWARD side of the cross.
JUSTIFICATION = It is the legal act of God whereby He declares the ungodly believer righteous because He has imputed to the believer His perfect righteousness.
It means VINDICATION.
Redemption refers to the ransom paid on the Cross for our salvation.
Redemption (in relation to sin): liberation because of a payment made.
People are redeemed from something; namely, from the slave market of sin.
People are redeemed by something; namely, by the payment of a price, the blood of Christ.
People are redeemed to something; namely, to a state of freedom.