Doctrines of the Christian Faith
Do you know your Christian Doctrines?
A straightforward explanation of each of these sets of beliefs
is available by clicking on the link beneath each one.
The Doctrine of God
The Doctrine of Salvation
The Doctrine of Jesus Christ
The Doctrine of Grace
The Doctrine of Baptism
The Doctrine of Forgiveness
The Doctrine of Prayer
The Doctrine of Judgement
The Doctrine of The Church
The Doctrine of The Holy Spirit
The Doctrine of Worship
The Doctrine of Faith
The Doctrine of Repentance
The Doctrine of Atonement
This Christian understanding says that Christ's death on the cross
did not pay a general penalty for humanity's sins,
but a specific penalty for the sins
of individual people.
That is, when Jesus died on the cross, his death paid the penalty at that time
for the sins of all those who are saved. A necessary feature of this idea is
that Christ's atonement is for those whom God has chosen to be saved,
since the debt for sins was paid at a particular point in time - at the crucifixion.
This also required drawing on the previous understanding of predestination.
This Reformed Protestant understanding of the atonement and satisfaction is penal substitution: Christ is a substitute taking our punishment and thus satisfying the demands of justice
and appeasing God's wrath so that God can justly show grace to all who believe.
This is not the Son placating the Father, but rather the Godhead initiating
and carrying out the atonement, motivated by a desire to save humanity.
So, we are saved by becoming united to Christ through faith.
At the point of this uniting, we receive all the benefits of the atonement.