Did Christ’s Sufferings take ALL of God’s Wrath for Sin?

“At the cross the Son of God died a death in which all the weight of divine vengeance for sin was compressed into a few hours of bodily and spiritual anguish.”

When I read this statement my brain hiccupped. Really? I’m not sure it is wrong, but then again, it sure doesn’t sound right. Let’s consider if it were true:

1) What is hell then? If “ALL the weight of divine vengeance” against sin was here, what is going on in hell? Is hell not God’s wrath, anger and vengeance being poured out on unconverted sinners?

2) Does bodily suffering really remove sins? I know we are healed by His stripes, but is this the same as saying bodily suffering removes the punishment of sin? If ALL the weight of sin’s vengeance were here, might I be able to suffer some pain for my little, tiny lie I told? Can I pain my way through more sin and get its punishment removed?

3) What was the point of resurrection if bodily suffering removed sin’s punishment? Couldn’t He have just suffered and called it a day then?

4) What about the discipline of the son whom God loves? Why would God ever punish anyone for any sin if ALL the vengeance has been poured out already?

5) When Ananias and Sapphira died for their lies to the Spirit, was this double jeopardy?

I imagine it was thinking along this line that lead people to invent purgatory, where a guy could work off his sin with bodily suffering. I imagine it also had something to do with monks who would flagellate themselves for their sins and felt they were removing sin. In fact, this statement was probably invented by a guy trying to refute Catholic thinking. “Christ suffered so I don’t have to” kind of thing.

I have a feeling that this is a fine sounding statement that overstates the point. I imagine it is heard with much head-nodding and “amen”ing. But I have some reservations about it. How about you?

6 thoughts on “Did Christ’s Sufferings take ALL of God’s Wrath for Sin?”

  1. 1. It was the spiritual abandonment by His Fathet (Ps. 22:1) that was the real punishment. The dross (sin) melted away leaving only the gold, Christ.
    2.see above.
    3. Bodily resurrection reverses Eden’s curse. Part of “behold I make all things new.”
    4, It’s discipline not punishment. Heb. 12.
    5. God doesn’t punish anyone in this life for sins; it’s in the next life that unrepentant sinners feel the force of God’s wrath. As for Christians, I was taught that all of our sins were covered at Calvary: past, present and future. In Lutheranism they believe that Christians can lose their faith and therefire salvation. So they would have interpeted that passage either wy.

  2. I think the notion of Hebrews 12 can’t be separated from punishment. Hebrews 12:6–God chastens and scourges every son he loves. Scourging is whipping, flogging and would certainly qualify in my book as punishment! I can’t go along with God not punishing people for their sins in this life when the Bible says otherwise. 1 Corinthians 11:30 is one example. The whole concept of reaping what you sow–Galatians 6:7-8. God giving people over to a reprobate mind in Romans 1 seems to be punishment in this life. “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness” Romans 1:18 is not talking about the future but about now. Just a couple examples that come to mind.

    The purpose of punishment for the believer in this life is to bring us to learn and be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I would not call it a working off of sin, or anything that would cleanse one from sin, but rather a punishment that keeps us mindful and watchful to avoid sin in the future. Judgments against unbelievers are to wake them up to sin and their need of a Savior..

  3. If your doctrine is Reformed this statement makes perfect scene! Christ died for ALL the sins of His children, the elect. We will be disciplined by God for our sins but we will never face judgement from God that are in Christ because we Christ took our sins upon Himself. on that cross..
    If Christ left one sin uncovered we would spend eternity in hell.

  4. “If your doctrine is Reformed this statement makes perfect scene!”

    When our doctrine is BIBLICAL there is no need to try to make sense of non-biblical statements. Scripture is clear enough regarding God’s plan of redemption. If only we would turn to scripture
    as out primary source of doctrine instead of relying on other men to interpret scripture for us we’d have far less doctrinal controversies to distract us.

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