The Forgiveness of Sin | David VanDrunen

The Christian doctrine of forgiveness is that God has lifted the sentence of condemnation upon Christians for their sins through the death of Christ on their behalf and no longer counts them as guilty. Forgiveness is necessary both because God is just and because all humans are guilty with sin. Rather than simply ignoring the guilt of sin, God the judge became the one who was judged for the guilt of men; the guilt was punished justly, but the guilty received forgiveness instead of punishment. God did not unfairly or abusively punish his Son, but Christ submitted to his Father’s will joyfully and willingly. This forgiveness provides the center of the Christian proclamation in the world and should lead all those who have received it to rejoice and praise God for his mercy and grace. [Read More]