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Atonement in NT

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In dying for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ fulfilled and replaced the OT sacrificial system, so that all who believe in him are restored to fellowship with God. Christ is the true high priest, who finally liberates his people from the guilt of sin, by offering himself as the supreme sacrifice.

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Jesus did not give of his time, his money, or of his talents. Jesus gave HIMSELF.

The Greek Word Huper

Occurs 148 in the GNT.
It is translated for 84x, on behalf of 21x.
BDAG: A marker indicating that an activity or event is in some entity’s interest, for, in behalf of, for the sake of someone.

The atoning purpose of Jesus Christ’s death

Jesus Christ’s death on behalf of others

John 10:11 NASB95
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
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Jesus Christ’s atoning death for sin

1 Corinthians 15:3 NASB95
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
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The atoning significance of Jesus Christ’s death is expressed by references to his blood

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Jesus Christ’s atoning death is commemorated in the Lord’s Supper

1 Corinthians 11:23–25 NASB95
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
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Explanations of the atonement

Jesus Christ’s death as an atoning sacrifice

Romans 3:25 NASB95
whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
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Jesus Christ’s atoning death as redemption

Mark 10:45 NASB95
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
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The atonement is effective because of Jesus Christ’s sinlessness

2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB95
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
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Jesus Christ’s death fulfils and replaces the Day of Atonement

Jesus Christ makes atonement as the new high priest

Hebrews 7:26–28 NASB95
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.

Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new and better covenant


Jesus Christ has made atonement in the true heavenly sanctuary


Jesus Christ’s atoning blood brings effective cleansing

Hebrews 9:12–14 NASB95
and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Jesus Christ’s single sacrifice replaces the many required under the old covenant

Hebrews 10:11–14 NASB95
Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

Access to the heavenly sanctuary is now open

Hebrews 10:19–20 NASB95
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

By dying with Christ, believers are released from this age into the life of the age to come

Romans 6:1–7 NASB95
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.
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God the Father and the atoning death of his Son

God’s sending of his Son to make atonement

1 John 4:14 NASB95
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
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God’s grace displayed in making atonement for the ungodly

Ephesians 2:4–5 NASB95
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
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The worldwide scope of Jesus Christ’s atoning death

1 John 2:2 NASB95
and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
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The appropriate response to the atonement

The response of repentance

Acts 3:19 NASB95
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
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The response of faith

Acts 10:43 NASB95
“Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
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The response of baptism

Acts 22:16 NASB95
‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’
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