“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16).
Think objectively about this. Should a man who believes in Jesus end up in hell, for what would he be punished? Can a man have his debt paid and still owe it?
Ponder on this text: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5: 17).
I remember being taught to recite this text by heart in children’s church years ago. This is definitely one of the most famous texts in the bible. However, like many other texts in the bible, few people read on to understand the message.
The nineteenth verse however says: “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Isn’t that remarkable? God does not impute the trespasses of the man in Christ.
Why doesn’t He? The man in Christ has received grace and forgiveness because he has placed his trust on the death of Christ for his sins. Think deeply about this. Ignorant people think this message makes light of sin, whereas they are the ones making light of the efficacy of Christ’s sacrifice.
To say that we might still pay for the very debt Christ paid for on our behalf is to insinuate that His sacrifice was not enough.