CARM Theological Dictionary
The theory of the atonement which states that Christ's death was "legal." It satisfied the legal justice of God. Jesus bore the penalty of sin when he died on the cross. His death was a substitution for the believers. In other words, he substituted himself for them upon the cross. Jesus hung in our place as He bore our sin in his body on the cross. See 1 Peter 2:24.
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Entry for 'Vicarious Atonement'. CARM Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ctd/v/vicarious-atonement.html. 2013.