Gospel of Jesus Christ
To make atonement means to avert punishment especially divine anger, by the payment of a ransom, which may be money or which may be of life. Throughout the OT sin is serious; it was punished unless atonement was sought in the way God had provided.
It means “a making at one”, and points to a process of bringing those who are estranged into a unity. Its use in the Bible to denote the work of Christ in dealing with the problem posed by the sin of man, and in bringing sinners into right relation with God.
Atonement signifies a harmonious relationship or that which brings about such a relationship, i.e., a reconciliation. It is principally used of the reconciliation between God and man effected by the work of Christ. The necessity for such reconciliation is the breach in the primal relationship between the Creator and the creature occasioned by man’s sinful rebellion.
That aspect of the work of Christ, particularly His death, that makes possible the restoration of fellowship between God and man. The need for reconciliation between God and mankind is clear from the fact that people are sinners separated from God (Romans 3:9-23). The doctrine of atonement states that Christ died, or “atoned,” for our sins, making reconciliation with God the Father possible. Atonement is effective because Christ bore the punishment justly due all sinners. Christ’s dying on behalf of sinners is known as “vicarious” or “substitutionary” atonement.
The Greek words that are translated “forgiveness” mean to deal graciously with, to send away, to loose, to release, a passing by and remission.
When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior his or her sins are wiped clean, forgiven by God, never to be held against him or her again (Hebrews 10:17). Jesus’ death on the cross was God’s gracious gift whereby our sins are forgiven. That promise is sealed in the further gift of eternal life. Just as Jesus rose form the dead, so we too will live eternally (Romans 6:1-11). We are told that because God forgave us, we should also forgive others.
Forgiveness rests basically, then, on the atoning work of Christ. That is to say, it is an act of grace. The means by which we appropriate the grace of God for forgiveness are faith and repentance.
From the Greek pistis, “firm persuasion.” Biblical faith has two essential components: (1) Trust or acceptance, belief that Jesus is Lord with acknowledgement of His resurrection, and (2) intellectual content, the revealed truth that is firmly believed and is reflected in the life of a believer. Faith may also be defined as a conscious mental desire to do the will of the God of Scripture.
From the Anglo-Saxon god-spell, “God-Story,” a translation of the Greek euangelion, “good news” The Gospel is the good news of the message of salvation offered by God to all who believe in His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior.
The Gospel is the joyous proclamation of God’s redemptive activity in Christ Jesus on behalf of man enslaved by sin. The “good news” is that Christ died and was raised again for us so that we, through faith in Him, might be delivered from eternal condemnation and might live eternally in His presence. The incredible and radical story of God is that he loves the world so much that he enters into the suffering of the world so that through his death, sin is defeated, death is overcome, hell is conquered. And in his resurrection, life, the true life of the Spirit is recovered and man and the world is made new.
All men are guilty of sin before God. The penalty for sin is death- eternal separation from God. But because of His great love for us, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to take the penalty of our sin on Himself when He died on the cross. Three days later He was resurrected from the dead and is alive today and forever. If a person will repent of his sinful way of life and have faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God...
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