The Gospel That Saves

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Heb. 9:22.

That sounds ominous but it is a verse filled with hope. What? Sins can be forgiven? How? Implicit here is a wonderful truth. It doesn’t say the guilty party has to shed their blood, but somebody has to die for what was done.

This would be like Governor Quinn changing the law, not to say there is no death penalty, but to say that the death penalty is considered fulfilled if someone volunteers to sit in the electric chair in the place of the person who actually did the crime. The state of Illinois would consider the sentence fulfilled and the debt to society paid in full.

But even this doesn’t get there because every person in Illinois has broken the law in some small way. A lawbreaker can’t die for another lawbreaker. He has his own guilt to deal with. Governor Quinn would have to write into law that the person who voluntarily goes into the electric chair for another must be a citizen of Illinois who has never broken the law in act, attitude or nature. Ever! We all know, there’s no one in Illinois like that! You have to come over to Indiana to find people….

This is precisely what Christ did. He was a citizen of humanity who never sinned in act, attitude, or nature who voluntarily assumed the place of sinners and died on the Cross in our place.

His righteous life qualifying him to die and his moral and spiritual worth as the Son of God completely sufficient to pay the price all our sins required. Christ died for our sins.

Tinker with that truth and you no longer have the molecular gospel. You can drink whatever you get but you are not drinking the gospel that saves.


Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2011 Steve DeWitt. You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that: (1) you credit the author, (2) any modifications are clearly marked, (3) you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction, (4) you include Bethel’s web site address ( on the copied resource.

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