Sacrifice? Do we mean a parent giving up their own preferences for their child’s? A batter voluntarily ‘out’ so another can advance to the next base? Taking a temporary assignment to gain experience? Giving time and money to help the poor?

Sacrifice always costs someone something. The atonement sacrifice of Christ is no exception – except that His sacrifice was the ultimate that could be given! Christ did not die as part of a cosmic deal to magically bring life or success to humanity. Christ was a true moral guilt substitute for the true moral guilt of each person.

This is the propitiatory work of Christ, and today we seek to understand the depth of the meaning behind this important metaphor of salvation in part three of a four part series on Paul’s theology of salvation!

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