Faith in Christ leads to action
I believe in the atonement by Jesus Christ for the sins of humankind, providing salvation for all who believe and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. The love of God the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit are also essential to the process of bringing humans to salvation. The atonement is uniquely significant for the eternal destiny of humankind. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are proof of God’s desire to save humans, through His one and only Son.
The work of Jesus Christ, specifically his sacrificial death on the cross, is the atonement which reconciles sinners to God. Since no human being is good enough to save himself from sin and enter eternal life on his own merits, God initiated atonement so that sinners could receive salvation. This was an act of God’s great love toward humans. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17 NIV). I believe that it is important to keep in mind that God’s love is greater than human sin. Even as God does not tolerate sin, He has provided a way to overcome sin. The Way is His own Son Jesus Christ. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6 NIV). Jesus is the only Way for humans to come to the Father. Thus, the atonement made by Jesus is critical for human salvation.
God intended atonement for all humans. “He [Jesus Christ] 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 NIV). This act of atonement, in and of itself, does not mean that all are saved. However, the atonement provides the necessary foundation upon which humans may be saved by God’s grace. Moreover, we can be assured that God desires that all persons be saved. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Tim. 2:3-6a NIV). As fully God and fully human, Jesus is uniquely
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2Co 5:18-19 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
The Atonement: Biblical Basis