Christ’s vicarious, substitutionary atonement is the central event of history and the foundation for God’s eternal salvation and the new creation of which Christ is the Head. Christ is the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Re. 13:8). His atonement is emphasized throughout the New Testament Epistles. It is “vicarious” meaning Christ suffered vicariously for the sinner, suffered in the sinner’s place. It is “penal substitutionary atonement.” “Penal” refers to punishment required by the law. Christ made the full payment that God’s holy law demands. Any other doctrine of atonement is a false gospel.
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Ro. 3:25).
“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Ro. 4:25).
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Ro. 5:6).
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Ro. 5:8).
“... when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Ro. 5:10).
“For in that he died, he died unto sin once” (Ro. 6:10).
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all...” (Ro. 8:32).
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Co. 5:7).
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (1 Co. 15:3).
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Co. 5:21).
“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Ga. 1:4).
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Ga. 3:13).
“God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law” (Ga. 4:4-5).
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7).
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (Eph. 5:2).
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:14).
“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Ti. 2:6).
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Tit. 2:14).
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb. 9:12).
“For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb. 9:26).
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:12).
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (1 Pe. 2:24-25).
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Pe. 3:18).
“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jo. 2:2).
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jo. 4:10).
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Re. 5:9).
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