- Romans 5:6
- "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the
- Romans 5:8
- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us."
- These verses are understood by Pentecostals (and others, such as Evangelicals) to mean
that Christ paid Adam's debt by dying instead of the sinner. Therefore, salvation
is offered by grace alone.
- In the statement, "Christ died for us", "for" does not mean
"instead of". See its usage in 1 Cor. 15:3; Gal. 1: 4; Heb. 10:12; Heb. 7:25.
- If Jesus died as a substitute for me, paying my penalty, then why should I die? Why is
it that mankind die the same today as before this substitution took place? If I am
sentenced to jail and a substitute takes my place instead of me, I do not then go to jail
- If the sacrifice of Christ were a substitute, how can there be real forgiveness with
God. A creditor who releases the debtor because someone not his debtor pays the latter's
debt, surely cannot claim to have forgiven the debt! If the debt is paid, then
there is no longer need for forgiveness.
- If Christ's death were a substitution, instead of the sinner, then the redeeming power
lay in his death and not in his resurrection, yet Paul declares: Jesus Christ " . . .
was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Rom.
4:25). Cf. also 1 Cor. 15:17 - "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are
yet in your sins."
- The Scriptural language is that Christ died that he "should taste death for every
man." (Heb. 2:9). This is the language of representation exhibited throughout the
types of the Law of Moses, not substitution.