TOPIC: ATONEMENT: As Easter fast approaches and the world get out all the wrong trimmings for all the wrong celebrations, we the followers of the risen Savior remember the great atonement that took place on that cruel cross where my Savior hung and shed HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD for sinners such as you and me. The next few weeks we will open God’s word and see some things it says about atonement.
*atonement explained—- Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. [ read 2 Cor.5:18-19 ] Let’s look at Galatians 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,. Let us turn to 1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
*atonement forordained—-Romans 3:25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. In first Peter 1:11 and 20 we read:11 inquiring what person or time[a] the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you. Revelations 13: 8 states:8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
[ to be continued ][ prepared by Winston Staples ]