by Jonathan Jenkins
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Excerpt from the Tract:
If God were a cold, vengeful Creator (as some infidels wrongly assert), He simply could have banished mankind from His divine presence forever and that would have been the end of the matter. But the truth is, He is not that kind of God! Our Creator is loving (1 John 4:8) and “rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4). Thus, the problem became one of how a loving, merciful God could pardon rebellious humanity?
Paul addressed this very subject in Romans 3. How could God be just, and yet a justifier of sinful man? The answer: He would find someone to stand in for us—someone to receive His retribution, and to bear our punishment. That “someone” would be Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He would become a substitute sacrifice, and personally pay the price for human salvation. In one of the most moving tributes ever written to the Son of God, Isaiah summarized the situation like this: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:5-6).