Author: Thaddeus Williams

Christ, Our Substitute

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” WHAT IS SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT? The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served as our substitute and atoned for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). At the cross, our sin became Christ’s sin; our blameworthiness became Christ’s blameworthiness, the wrath we deserve from an infinitely just Being became the wrath He absorbed from an infinitely just Being. It made salvation possible for spiritually dead sinners wrought with...

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Mortification: Seven Phases Along the Sin-Killing Continuum

Mortification (noun): The Spirit-powered process of killing all of our propensities for sinful, self-destructive pleasures that compete for superior pleasure in the all-satisfying God. If we care about living then sin-killing (or the old school word “mortification”) is something we cannot afford to ignore: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13 cf. Gal. 5:16-25). Sin-killing in the believer’s life may be thought of along a 7-phase continuum that looks something like this (try to figure out where you...

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Is the Reformation Still Relevant Today?

Is Reformation theology still relevant today? Absolutely! It reminds us that we have a big God and that salvation is found in Him alone. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for God’s glory alone. And we know this because Scripture alone is our highest standard for truth. We don’t determine what is good and true about God. God does. I would argue that the biggest problem in the church today is that many of us have too small a view of who God is. We have shrunk an infinite being. We have diminished...

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Gospel Series: Christ, Our Substitute

Editors note: This is a brand new series on the Gospel designed to help our readers think through what the Gospel is and what it demands. The first post in this series was by Chris Poblete who wrote on the Triune Work of Salvation. The second post in this series was by Mike Leake who wrote on Truths in the Midst of Brokenness. The third post in this series was written by Dave Jenkins on how God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways. The fourth post in this series was written by Dave and looked at how Jesus responded...

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Gospel Series: Christ Our Substitute: The Meaning Of The Cross

Editors note: This is a brand new series on the Gospel designed to our readers think through what the Gospel is and what it demands. The first post in this series was by Chris Poblete who wrote on the Triune Work of Salvation. The second post in this series was by Mike Leake who wrote on Truths in the Midst of Brokenness. The third post in this series was written by Dave Jenkins on how God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways. The fourth post in this series was written by Dave and looked at how Jesus responded to...

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