What Does the Bible Say About
Pastor Grasso explains that Christ’s death was also substitutionary. Christ died in our place. If it was substitutionary then it must also be limited in scope, since not everyone will be saved from their sins. All of this implies that the atonement was efficacious as well. Christ accomplished all He set out to do.
Pastor Grasso explains the legal nature of the atonement. Christ stood in our legal place to take the penalty for our sins that we might be declared righteous by God. This is part of the defense of the Reformed view of penal substitutionary atonement.
Pastor Grasso explains the two elements of atonement: expiation and propitiation. In expiation, as seen in the sin offering, our sins are cleansed. In propitiation, as seen in the burnt offering, God’s wrath is satisfied.
Pastor Grasso explains the relationship between the incarnation and the atonement building on Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo. He shows that the incarnation is necessitated by the atonement. Without God dying on the cross, man cannot be saved.
Pastor Grasso explains the difference between objective and subjective theories of the atonement and shows that the Scriptures teach that Christ’s death provided a real, objective atonement.
Pastor Grasso explains that it is possible to be a real Christian and lose your assurance of salvation. God will sometimes remove assurance from a true believer for his good. If this is you, you ought to pursue assurance by making a diligent use of the means of grace.
Pastor Grasso explains the three grounds for assurance: the promises of God, the evidence of inward graces, and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Grasso explains what the assurance of salvation is, its relationship to Calvinism, the possibility of attaining it, and the duty of every Christian to seek it.
Pastor Grasso explains the relationship between adoption, justification, sanctification, and regeneration, showing that adoption is God’s declaration of sonship. Then, Pastor Grasso explains some of the privileges that belong to all of those who are sons by adoption.
Pastor Grasso addresses the similarities and differences between justification and sanctification and shows the danger of collapsing the two.
In part 4 pastor Grasso shows the two parts to the nature of sanctification: mortification and vivification in both definitive and progressive sanctification.
In part 3 pastor Grasso explains the difference between definitive and progressive sanctification, showing that definitive sanctification happens at conversion and progressive sanctification is something that increases over time.