- “Christ is innocent so far as His own Person is concerned; and therefore He should not have been hanged from the tree. But because, according to the Law, every thief should have been hanged, therefore, according to the Law of Moses, Christ Himself should have been hanged; for he bore the person of a sinner and thief – and not of one but of all sinners and thieves. For we are sinners and thieves, and therefore we are worthy of death and eternal damnation. But Christ took all our sins upon Himself, and for them He died on the cross…He took these sins, committed by us, upon His own body, in order to make satisfaction for them with His own blood.” Martin Luther
- “This is our acquittal: the guilt that held us liable for punishment has been transferred to the head of the Son of God (Is. 53:12). We must, above all, remember this substitution, lest we tremble and remain anxious throughout life – as if God’s righteous vengeance, which the Son of God has taken upon himself, still hung over us.” John Calvin
- Rom. 8:33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
- 1Cor. 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.
- Gal. 1:4 (Christ) gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
- 1 Pet. 2:24 (Christ) himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
- 2 Cor. 5:19 In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 20 We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- “He ascended the cross. He descended into hell. He became the one condemned by the judiciary, mocked by the multitude, forsaken by his Father, laid low by death. This is the last word in the great trilogy. He was made flesh; he was made sin; he was made a curse. Why? Because he took our place. With what effect? The blessing of Abraham comes upon the accursed.” Donald Macleod -- Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement