He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2

The doctrine of the atonement is so important. Even the word itself is important. Atonement means “at – one – ment,” that sin has separated us from God and that atonement is the means by which God seeks to be one with us again. It’s the language of love and relationship and reconciliation, restoration. “At – one – ment.” At the cross, God was reconciling these who follow Christ to himself in Christ, making us one with him again. The great theologian John Calvin says it this way. The Father wanted his kids back. That’s what atonement means.

Atonement was promised in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the life of Jesus and echoes throughout the New Testament. It’s one of the great threads that weaves your whole Bible together..

In Romans 3:25, Paul writes in Romans 3:25, “God presented him” – that being Jesus – “as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.”

Jesus’ youngest disciple John writes in 1 John 2:1,2, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense, Jesus Christ, the righteous one. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also the sins of the whole world.”

How amazing is His Grace, even though we were far away, God has made a way for us to be at – one – ment with Him.

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