I believe most people in Contemporary Christianity have never heard the words “penal substitution.” But to the student of the Bible they are precious words found throughout the word of God. Peter wrote these words and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
We see that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross takes our punishment for our sins that we should take ourselves. In Jesus doing this, God’s justice is satisfied. When we look to the cross, to Christ and turn to Him we are forgiven and reconciled to God and His justice is satisfied. Romans 3:21-26
Even in the Old Testament we read direct references to penal substitution. In Isaiah 53 we read about the Messiah in verses 4 and 5.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
The penalty that is due us for our sins is paid by a substitute (Jesus Christ). In Mark 10:45 we read “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” It is a ransom paid to God to free us from the bondage of sin and also to defeat Satan. Its clearly seen in Colossians 2:13–15. Paul writes….
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. (Emphasis Mine.)
Jesus was our Propitiation (Sacrifice)…
My Mom wrote this in one of her many poems…
Look to the cross of Christ and be saved. Christ endured your punishment. Please trust in Him alone for your salvation. Acts 4:12
We need not to fear eternal death, look to the cross and see it’s worth for Jesus bore our sin so that we will not receive everlasting judgment. John 3:16.
John 3:16 tells us why…
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.
2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us how…
He (God) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus Christ). (Emphasis Mine)
Jesus said “repent and believe” Mark 1:15
Come to Jesus and live!
…and that’s a beautiful thing!