- The gospel addresses our guilt. We’ve sinned against God’s law and God demands a penalty (Hebrews 2:2. The good news of the gospel is that Christ has paid that penalty (Hebrews 9:15).
- The gospel also takes care of our shame in both senses. With the judicial problem solved, our relationship to God and to others can be restored and our subjective sense of remorse can be replaced by joy and gratitude (Colossians 1:21-22; Romans 5:1-5).
- Those who claim that conceptions of guilt are rooted in either medieval or modern Western legal categories and are foreign to the Bible are simply wrong. From beginning to end, in the Old Testament and the New, God has given us an inviolable law and breaking that law always leads to the penalty of death—unless there is a mediator.
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