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Forgiveness in the Christus Victor View of the Atonement

Forgiveness in the Christus Victor View of the Atonement

Did Jesus need to die on the cross to satisfy God’s wrath in order for us to be forgiven? Greg discusses the role of forgiveness in the Christus Victor view of the Atonement.

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