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the cross, we begin to gain a clear view both of God and of ourselves, especially in relation to each other.[32]


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            The implication for humans is that each of us has sinned and we cannot save ourselves. We need a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. Further, we realize that our need is the same as everyone else’s need. Atonement is unlimited; it covers the sins of all humanity. No one can dismiss another’s need, and no one can object to the solution because it is God’s solution for everyone. The cross is an unmistakable solution to our sin problem, and the fact that we have a Substitute means that we have a mission. Our responsibility is to help others to come to know Jesus. 


            Both the Christus Victor and penal substitution views illuminate the concept of unlimited atonement. Since these views are the most widely held today, Christian laity can understand that the atonement was accomplished for everyone. A human response is needed to make Christ’s atoning work effective in an individual’s heart. God’s Spirit is at work prompting people to accept and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Therefore, we should tell others about Jesus, what he has done for us, how we responded, and likewise how they can respond.

            As we study God’s Word, we may expect the meaning of the atonement to continue to unfold. “The significance of Jesus’ death is woven so tightly into the fabric of God’s purpose that we may never exhaust the many ways of articulating its meaning for our salvation.”[33]

[32] Stott, Cross, 160-161.
[33] Joel B. Green, “Kaleidoscopic View,” in The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views, eds. James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy (Downers Grove, IL:InterVarsity Press, 2006), 157

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.

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