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The Atonement: Are your sins atoned for?

The Atonement: Are your sins atoned for?

October 17, 2013 at 12:17pm

An atonement is a reconciliation of alienated parties,
the restoration of a broken relationship.
Atonement is accomplished by making amends,
blotting out offenses,
and giving satisfaction for wrongs done.
According to Scripture every person sins and needs to make atonement,
but lacks the power and resources for doing so.
We have offended our Creator,
whose nature it is to hate sin (Jeremiah 44:4;Habakkuk 1:13)
and to punish it (Psalm 5:4-6;Romans 1:18;2:5-9).
Those who have sinned cannot be accepted by
and do not have fellowship with God
unless atonement is made...
But against this background of human hopelessness, Scripture reveals the grace and mercy of God, who Himself provides the atonement that sin has made necessary. God's amazing grace is the focus of Biblical faith; from Genesis to Revelation it shines out with breathtaking glory.

When God brought Israel out of Egypt, He set up as part of the covenant relationship a system of sacrifices that had at is heart the shedding of the blood of animals "to make atonement for your souls" (Leviticus 17:11). These sacrifices were "typical"; that is, as"types" they pointed forward to something better. Sins were forgiven when sacrifices were faithfully offered, but it was not the blood of animals that blotted out sins (Hebrews 10:4). It was the blood of the "antitype", Jesus Christ, whose death on the Cross atoned for *sins ...(Romans 3:25;4:3-8;Hebrews 9:11-15)

[NOTE:*Christ's sacrificial blood did not atone for everyone's sins, only the sins of His people, those who are born-again, through repentance and faith in Him.]

According to the New Testament, Christ's blood was shed as a sacrifice
(Romans 3:25;5:9;Ephesians 1:7;Revelation 1:5).
Christ redeemed His people by means of a ransom;
His death was the price that freed us from guilt and from the enslavement to sin
(Rom 3:24;Gal 4:4,5;Col 1:14).
In Christ's death, God reconciled us [*if we are one of His people] to Himself,
overcoming His own hostility that our sins provoked (Rom 5:10;2 Cor 5:18,19;Col 1:20-22).
The Cross propitiated God.
That is to say, it quenched His wrath against us by expiating our sins [*if we have savingly repented & believed upon Jesus],
& so removing them from His sight (Rom 3:25;Heb 2:17;I John 2:2;4:10).
The Cross had this effect because in His suffering Christ assumed our identity and endured the retributive judgment due to us, that is, "The curse of the Law" (Gal 3:13).
He suffered as our substitute [*if we are born-again],
with the damning record of our transgressions nailed by God to His Cross
as the list of crimes for which He died (Col 2:14;cf Matt 27:37;Isaiah 53:4-6;Luke 22:37)

~ from the Geneva Study Bible note 'The Atonement'
Additional notes in brackets are mine.

The forgiveness of Christ is a cause of humbling gratitude, precious peace and great joy to the one who has repented and savingly believed upon Jesus. Amazing grace is ours and we will praise the Name of the Savior now and forevermore for His merciful kindness in making a way, through His blood, for us to be right with God.

If you have not humbled yourself and turned from your sin and cast yourself wholly on the mercy of God in the person and work of atonement in Christ's blood, your sins havenot been atoned for.
You are NOT forgiven.
Don't delay.
You are not promised tomorrow.
Cry out to the Lord today.

You are a great sinner.
Christ is a great Savior.
Run to Him with all of your guilty sin.
Jesus has the power to forgive you and to make you a new creation by His Holy Spirit.

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. 
And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 
And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, 
and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The Test of Knowing Him

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 
He who says, “I know Him,” 
and does not keep His commandments, 
is a liar, 
and the truth is not in him. 
But whoever keeps His Word, 
truly the love of God is perfected in him.
~ I John 2:1-5

Repent and believe the gospel!

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