(Tenet No. 3)
1. What is the meaning of “Atonement” in the Scriptures?
Atonement in the Old Testament Scriptures is that covering of sin through the blood of sacrifice, which prefigured God’s dealing with sin on Calvary. (Lev. 17:11, Rom. 3:25)
2. Who made atonement for human race?
Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. (Heb. 9:26)
3. How did Christ atone for our sins?
By offering Himself as the sinless Lamb of God, a vicarious sacrifice to God, thus shedding His blood and giving His life for us once and for all. (John 1:29, 1st Tim. 2:5-6).
4. Wherein consists the efficacy of His death?
In that it was death of the Sinless one who fully acknowledge the transgressed law, and bore in His own body the penalty thereof. (Eph. 5:2, Heb. 10:12, 1st John 2:2)
5. Where did Christ make atonement of our sins?
On the cross of Calvary outside the walls of Jerusalem where He was crucified. (Luke 21:33)
6. Were man’s sins imputed to Christ?
Yes. God “laid on Him the iniquity of us all” and “made Him to be sin for us, He who knew no sin”. (Isa. 53:6, 2nd Cor. 5:21)
7. Was the atonement made only for a few people?
No. It was made for all men. God gave His Son, “that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish”. (1st Tim. 2:6, John 3:16)
8. Does the atonement inspire us to live holy lives?
Yes. For Christ came not only to atone for our sins but to save us from the power of sin. (Titus 2:14, Matt. 1:21)
9. What phrase did Paul use in resenting the suggestion that a Christian was free to continue in sin?
God forbid! (Rom. 6:2,15)
10. How can sinners, when born again, live holy lives?
By reckoning themselves, in Christ, as dead to sin and alive to God. As they do this the Holy Spirit makes it real in experience. (Rom. 6:11, 8:13)
11. Are we in bondage to the law, notwithstanding the atonement?
No. For “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth”. (Rom. 10:4)
12. If the law is fulfilled in Christ, does that prevent it being fulfilled in us?
No. For the Scriptures shew that the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in those who are in Christ, and who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Matt. 5:18, Rom. 8:4, Gal. 5:14)