The Doctrine of Atonement
- The atonement is the work Christ did in his life and death to earn our salvation.
- The ultimate cause of the atonement was the love and justice of God (John 3:16, Romans 3:25-26). As a consequence of God’s loving decision to save some human beings the atonement became absolutely necessary (Luke 24:25-26)
- The nature of the atonement involves both his obedience for us (he represents us as he obeyed the requirements of the law in our place, Romans 5:19), and his suffering and death for us (he took the penalty due for our sins, 1 Peter 2:24). Christ suffered for us his whole life and on the cross, where he suffered physical pain and death, bearing sin, abandonment, and bearing the wrath of God.
- Christ atones for sin by paying the penalty of sin in his sacrifice, removing God’s wrath as our propitiation, overcoming our separation from God as through reconciliation, and freeing us from bondage to sin and Satan in redemption.
*Resources Added From Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology