Michael_Cole wrote:What do you mean?
Here's a few things that I believe God and Christ were doing at the cross as they were showing their love and grace for sinners:
1. Removing God's wrath from our vision so that we could see Divine beauty.
This issue is bigger than that, but God's wrath is specifically held against those who supress the Truth. (Romans 1:17-19)
2. Canceling the legal demands of the law against us
The gentiles were never under the Law, there was not legal demands of the law against us. The legal demands Jesus fulfilled weren't even written by God, or administered by Him. They were written by a man and administered by men. I have been showing you this above.
So the question remains, where is the punishment except to those who sumbit themselves under a law the outlines it?
3. Forgiving our sins
This is directly attributed to the Law, sin is transgression of the Law. We are free from the Law and it's legal demands against us (if we were Hebrew) and we were always free from the Law if we were gentile.
So where is the punishment?
4. Providing the basis for our justification
Forgetting the above for a moment, if we are justified.
Where is the punishment?
5. Abolishing all rituals as the basis of salvation
That is the Law, which I touched on above.
Where is the punishment? Furthermore, salvation was never in our hands to begin with.
6. Taking away our condemnation
Since gentiles were never under the Law, they are also never condemned under the Law. Scripture is also very clear on this.
Where is the punishment?
7. Healing us from moral sickness
8. Freeing us from the slavery of sin and death
I agree, perhaps not for the same reasons you wrote this though.
9. Enabling us to die to the law and live in love for God and each other
Well many of us are not alive to the law to die to it since it was never ours in the first place.
10. Freeing us from the bondage of fear
11. Defeating satan and his evil forces and death as He is resurrected
First you need to know what Satan is, and what evil forces are his messengers. But He did defeat Satan (the Religion based on the Laws of men [specifically of Moses]), and his evil forces (false teachers claiming to be from God but are not [like the Pharisee, Lawyer and Saducee of the Sanhedrin.])
12. Rescuing us from final judgment
Judgment of what?
13. Showing us that the worst evil is meant by God for good.
The onological nature of God is Good, an uncreated inherit nature. Evil is a created thing of which works for the purpose in which it was created. He never meant evil for good, God purpose for all humanity, has always been Good. He does not fail, none will be lost, and none will be censored. Evil still remains evil.
There is perhaps a lot that needs to be covered, but God's wrath is against those who supress the truth by continuing to live by the veil of the Law of men (the flesh).