Salvation and the Atonement
Jesus Christ fulfilled and replaced the OT sacrificial system by dying for the sins of the world, restoring connection with God to all who believe in him. Christ is the true high priest who, by making himself the ultimate offering, frees his people from the penalty of sin.
The atoning purpose of Jesus Christ’s death
Jesus Christ’s death on behalf of others
Also see: Jn 10:14–18; 2 Co 5:15; Heb 2:9; 1 Jn 3:16
Jesus Christ’s atoning death for sin
1 Co 15:3
Also see: Ro 4:25; Ro 8:3; Ga 1:4; 1 Pe 3:18
The atoning significance of Jesus Christ’s death is expressed by references to his blood
Ro 5:9; Re 5:9
Also see: Eph 2:13; 1 Pe 1:18–19; 1 Jn 1:7; Re 7:14
Jesus Christ’s atoning death is commemorated in the Lord’s Supper
1 Co 11:23–25
Also see: Mt 26:26–28
Explanations of the atonement
Jesus Christ’s death as an atoning sacrifice
Also see: 1 Co 5:7; Eph 5:2; 1 Jn 4:10; Re 5:6
Jesus Christ’s atoning death as redemption
Also see: Ac 20:28; Ga 3:13–14; Eph 1:7; Col 1:13–14
The atonement is effective because of Jesus Christ’s sinlessness
2 Co 5:21
Also see: Heb 4:15; 1 Pe 2:22–24; 1 Jn 3:5
Jesus Christ’s death fulfils and replaces the Day of Atonement
Jesus Christ makes atonement as the new high priest
Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new and better covenant
Heb 8:6–7; Heb 9:15
Jesus Christ has made atonement in the true heavenly sanctuary
Heb 8:1–2; Heb 9:24
Jesus Christ’s atoning blood brings effective cleansing
Jesus Christ’s single sacrifice replaces the many required under the old covenant
Access to the heavenly sanctuary is now open
By dying with Christ, believers are released from this age into the life of the age to come
Also see: Ro 7:4–6; Ga 2:19–20; Ga 6:14; Eph 2:6–7; Col 2:11–13
God the Father and the atoning death of his Son
God’s sending of his Son to make atonement
1 Jn 4:14
Also see: Jn 3:16; Ro 8:32; 2 Co 5:18; Ga 4:4–5
God’s grace displayed in making atonement for the ungodly
Also see: Ro 5:6–8; Eph 2:8–9; Tt 3:4–5
The worldwide scope of Jesus Christ’s atoning death
1 Jn 2:2
Also see: Jn 1:29; 2 Co 5:19; 1 Ti 2:5
The appropriate response to the atonement
The response of repentance
Also see: Ac 2:38; Ac 17:30; Ac 20:21
The response of faith
Also see: Jn 3:14–15; Ac 16:31; Ro 3:22; Ga 2:16
The response of baptism
Also see: Ac 2:38; 1 Pe 3:21
1. As administered by John. Mt 3:5–12; Joh 3:23; Ac 13:24; 19:4.
2. Sanctioned by Christ’s submission to it. Mt 3:13–15; Lu 3:21.
3. Adopted by Christ. Joh 3:22; 4:1, 2.
4. Appointed an ordinance of the Christian church. Mt 28:19, 20; Mr 16:15, 16.
5. To be administered in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mt 28:19.
6. Water, the outward and visible sign in. Ac 8:36; 10:47.
7. Only to professing believers. Ac 2:38; Mt 3:6; Mr 16:16; Ac 8:12, 37; 10:47, 48.
8. Administered by immersing the whole body of the person in water. Mt 3:16; Ac 8:38, 39.
9. Emblematic of the influences of the Holy Spirit. Mt 3:11; Tit 3:5.
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the son of God, and you died for my sins and rose again from the dead, I trust you for cleansing and forgiveness, and you have received me as a Child of God. If there is any resentment or unforgiveness for anyone, I lay it at your feet and ask you to forgive me. I ask your forgiveness for being involved in other religions, witchcraft, or the occult seeking other gods. I acknowledge this as sin and loose myself right now in Jesus name. And now, Lord Jesus, I come to and yield my body, mind, and spirit to you. I give you my all. Come into my heart and be my personal Saviour. I surrender my tongue to you to be an instrument of righteousness to worship you in a new language. By faith, I receive it now, Lord in Jesus name. Amen.