You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
The word Atonement means to cover . It refers to our sins being covered over.
UNDERSTANDING THE ATONEMENT: I Timothy 2:6
who gave himself as a ransom for all men the testimony given in its proper time.
1. Ransom theory.
2. Subjective theory.
3. Satisfaction theory.
4. Punishment satisfaction theory.
5. Governmental theory.
WHAT IS GOD DOING THAT I CAN UNDERSTAND, FEEL AND EXPERIENCE TODAY? Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
1. Before the fall man was in complete harmony with the natural world.
2. After the fall man was out of harmony with his environment .
3. The purpose of the Atonement was to redeem us from sin and to reconcile us with God.
Did you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
GOD’S LOVE OFFERS SALVATION TO ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF MERIT OR WORTH:
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
1. A costly grace . Isaiah 53:5
2. A genuine faith . Ephesians 2:8-9
3. A responsive discipleship . Romans 5:6-11
and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has free us from our sins by his blood (Revelation 1:5).