Daily Bible Nugget #860, Romans 5:8

The Nugget:

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)

Rom 5:8 But God proves His love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. (Williams NT)

Rom 5:8  Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us. (GW, God’s Word translation)

Rom 5:8 But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

The Challenge:

“Not all the vials of judgment that have or shall be poured out upon the wicked world give such a demonstration of God’s hatred of sin as the wrath of God let loose upon his Son.” A. W. Pink

My Response:

This is a popular but very mistaken view of what transpired when Jesus was on the Cross.

Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that the wrath of God was let loose upon his Son.

Nowhere in the Bible does the Bible state that Jesus was punished for our sin.

Nowhere in the Bible does the Bible declare that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin.

If Jesus paid the penalty, to whom was the penalty paid? Chapter and Verse Please!

The words “penalty” and “paid” are nowhere in Scripture associated with the work Christ did on our behalf on the Cross, so far as I have been able to find using Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible.

If it were true that Jesus suffered the wrath of God for us, that God the Father poured out His wrath upon His Son, that would divide the Trinity.

The thought is blasphemy, and not the Gospel presented in the New Testament.

As for the penalty for sin, God established just what that penalty was from the very beginning. The penalty is spiritual death.

Those who leave this life in the state of spiritual death will suffer for all eternity the punishment originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

Mat 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

That dreadful punishment takes place in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8).

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The more accurate view of the work of our Lord Jesus Christ is to affirm that he voluntarily (John 10:18) bore our sins (1 Peter 2:24) upon the Cross as both our Priest and the Sacrifice, thus Priestly-Sacrificial Atonement.

Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

He Himself is declared to be both the Sacrifice and the Atonement for our sin in 1 John 2:2, “And He, Himself, is Atonement concerning our sins; but not concerning ours only, but also concerning the world as a whole” (Lavender New Testament, translated by Dr. Malcolm Lavender).

What about 2 Corinthians 5:21? 

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 has been misunderstood and mistranslated in all of our English translations. Here is how this verse should be rendered:
“For the One not having experienced sin, He took sin in our behalf, in order that we might be made righteous by God in Him” (Lavender’s New Testament).
See the very important full grammatical explanation in the footnote to this verse on page 309 of the Lavender’s New Testament.
See further the notes I have placed at 2 Corinthians 5:21 in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.
This information can be found on this site by entering “2 Corinthians 5:21” in the search box  provided above by clicking on “Search Real Bible Study.”
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