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Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:14-17 NIV).


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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

          In this view, Jesus Christ is victorious over evil, Satan and demonic powers—not only those affecting this world, but also for the whole cosmos. “The Christus Victor view of the atonement cannot be appropriately understood without an appreciation for the broader spiritual warfare motif that runs throughout Scripture.”[9] Jesus’ triumph over evil and the principalities of darkness can be witnessed in His life and ministry, as well as His death and resurrection. In His earthly ministry, Jesus performed miracles, confronted Satan, and cast out demons. In this way, Jesus’ sinless life and unique ministry demonstrate His victory over sin and evil.

          The scriptural basis for this view includes this passage, which speaks of Jesus becoming human so that by his death he defeated the devil and negated the fear of death.


         The Christus Victor view makes two interrelated points about Christ’s victory: it is a victory over evil which has distorted God’s perfect plan for humanity, and it is a victory which reconciles God and humans. “A certain double-sidedness is an essential feature of the classic idea of the Atonement. On the one hand, the drama of Redemption has a dualistic background; God in Christ combats and prevails over the ‘tyrants’ which hold mankind in bondage. On the other hand, God thereby becomes reconciled with the world, the enmity is taken away, and a new relation between God and mankind is established.”[10]

         Therefore, in the Christus Victor view, God’s purposes of defeating evil in all its forms and reconciling the world to Himself clearly show God’s intention that the atonement is Christ’s

[9] Gregory A. Boyd, “Christus Victor View,” in The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views, eds. James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy (Downers Grove, IL:InterVarsity Press, 2006), 25.
[10] Aulen, Christus Victor, 55.