Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Some Blog Stats - Did Jesus Pay Our Debt

I just noticed a blog post I wrote exactly 5 years ago today is the most viewed post of mine this month. For some reason 92 people have read that post this month, which is likely more views than when I wrote it 5 years ago.  It seems some people are asking similar questions that I had.  They are searching for:
  • "Jesus paid our debt verse"
  • "where in Bible does Jesus paid our sin debt"

During these searches they come to my post: Did Jesus pay our debt?

Back then I was searching the Bible for verses that said things like:
  • "Jesus paid our debt"
  • "Jesus paid a debt that he did not owe"
  • "Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay!"
  • "Jesus paid the penalty of man's sin"
Five years later, I still haven't found any verses that clearly say this, and I still have difficulty accepting these ideas as a major theme of Scripture.

If you know of a verse I've missed please let me know.

This search for answers that I started years ago has caused me some grief in my personal life.  But I believe the freedom and fresh perspective of God that has grown has been worth it. I don't know the people who are landing on this post this month. I don't know what their relationship with God is like. I wish them God's blessings as they search to understand what Scripture say about how God works.  I pray that grace would exist between believers who see things differently. Overall I pray their relationships with God and others grow, wherever they land on their understanding of this topic.

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Steve Martin said...

(Galatians 3:13) "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law having become a curse for us."

He became cursed in our place. He paid what we owe.

The Trinity is not mentioned outright, by name…but we can deduce it.

Same thing for Jesus paying our debt.

Jonathan said...

Thanks. If someone bad held some hostages captive for ransom, and you redeemed them, would you say you paid what was owed? I think redeeming and paying a ransom are slightly different than paying a debt. Thanks for sharing the verse.

Steve Martin said...

You might be right about that, Jon.

Thank you.