It is very common for Bible teachers to refer to the “atonement” when speaking of the death of Christ on the cross. However, this is to demean what Christ actually accomplished by His death.
In the Bible the word “atonement” is only used in the Old Testament, in relation to the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant which only covered sins; they could never take them away (Heb. 10:1-4). In contrast, the New Testament speaks of the “redemption” we have in Christ (Rom. 3:24, Eph. 1:7), referring to His death on the cross, which took our sins away completely, once and for all (Heb. 10:14, John 1:29).
RESOURCES REFERRED TO IN THIS EPISODE
Leviticus 16: The Day of Atonement
John 1:29: The Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world!
Hebrews 10:1-4,11-14: The Old Testament sacrifices could not take away sins.
Romans 5:11: Through the death of Jesus we have received, not an atonement, but full redemption.
1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 1:9: Love covers our sins; the blood of Jesus washes them away.
John 16:9: The unforgivable sin of not believing in Jesus.
Acts 26:18, 2 Corinthians 4:4: We need to cooperate with the Spirit to open the eyes of unbelievers to the gospel of Christ
This edition of the program was recorded beginning on 10 August 2023.