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cool jewelAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5It is WellApril 18, 2017cool jewelAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was an easy read that made me really understand the substitutionary atonement that Christ does for us. Wow. Highly recommend this book.
Vlad K5 Stars Out Of 5Important Topic!March 2, 2017Vlad KQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mark and Michael did a great job explaining the atonement (substitutionary) and the importance of it!
Jonathan3 Stars Out Of 5July 29, 2010JonathanI have been intrigued with the idea of atonement for some time now. Atonement is one of those beliefs that has generated a tremendous amount of conversation and even some disagreement. A number of theories of atonement abound in Biblical and theological studies. One of those theories deals with the idea of penal substitution. The idea of penal substitution is based on Romans 6:23 which declares that the wages of sin is death. Our sin earns the punishment of death, but instead of us reaping the wages of sin, Jesus comes as our substitute (this is a very simplistic definition of penal substitution). One book that focuses on the penal substitution theory of atonement is "It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement" by Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence. This book is very insightful about this theory of atonement, but I believe that certain statements in the book minimize the other theories of atonement. While I believe wholeheartedly that atonement does include penal substitution I also believe that atonement is a complex idea that includes more than only penal substitution. I value the insight the Dever and Lawrence draw from Scripture on this theory and I think this book lays a strong foundation for the Biblical understanding of penal substitution. But to accept penal substitution at the expense of the remaining theories of atonement is difficult for me. Overall this is a very solid book on the atonement theory of penal substitution, but it is not the end of the conversation on atonement. It is simply another solid addition to the conversation. I don't believe that atonement can be fully grasped because it flows from the love that God has for us. I recommend this book be read along side books on the other theories of atonement to get a balanced perspective.I received this book free from Crossway to review.
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