Sunday, September 6, 2009

Christ's Death A Punishment For Our Sins

Isaiah 53 gives clear and irrefutable proof that Christ's death was a substitutionary punishment and payment for the guilt of our sins, not just an instruction or example on how we should live:

1) That's what the text literally says and means:

(Isaiah 53:5 KJV) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 

*Wounded* (2490): to bore, pierce kill (Strong's). That's just what they actually and literally did to Christ on the cross. 

*Bruised* (1792) : to crush. That's just what they actually and literally did to Christ on the cross. 

Chastisement (4148): from the root 3256 ("to chastise", literally (with blows)); discipline, chastening, correction.  That's just what they actually and literally did to Christ on the cross. 

"Stripes" is literally a black and blue "welt". That's what someone gets when they're being lashed. (Strongs) That's just what they actually and literall did to Christ on the cross. 

(Isaiah 53:5 NASB) 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.

Scourging means a "stripe", "blow", or "bruise" (NASEC) (Isaiah 53:5 MKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed.

And what was all of this?

2) The purpose of Christ's punishment was to make Him an "offering for our sin", not just an to be an instructing example of how to live:

Isaiah 53:10 KJV
(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

That was Christ becoming an "offering for sin". The whole OT sacrificial system is in view, with the person laying his hand on the animal, then slaying it as his substitute, to bear the guilt of his sin. This is not talking about how Christ merely gave us some instruction on how to live (although that is included), but Christ bearing the guilt of and being punished for our "sins".

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.