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THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Playdough Scripture Matt 24:14

"And this gospel of the kingdom penal substitutionary atonement will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matt 24:14 (Playdough Version)

This passage was next in my series on the secrets of the kingdom, but it seemed to fit well as a Playdough Scripture example.

When we think of the gospel being preached and spread throughout the world, what good news message are we thinking about?

Many equate the penal substitutionary atonement theory as the gospel.  This theory was formulated by the reformers in the 16th century.  It is the thought process that Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners. That God imputed the guilt of our sins to Christ, and he, in our place, bore the punishment that we deserve. This was a full payment for sins, which satisfied both the wrath and the righteousness of God, so that He could forgive sinners without compromising His own holy standard.

However when I read the 'gospels' I don't see Jesus or His disciples preaching the good news of penal subsitutionary atonement.  But I do see them frequently proclaiming the gospel.


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