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Atonement of Jesus Christ
Need for Atonement Ch 1
Need for Perfect Righteousness Ch 2
Nature of Atonement Ch 3
Christ’s Death Removes
Guilt of Sin Ch 4
Perfection of Atonement Ch 5
Understanding Atonement Ch 6
The Cross of Christ #282
For Me #636
Forever Lost #503
God’s Invitation #738
Bible Used: [KJV] King James Version
Verses with words in red bold italics is Jesus speaking.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
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Atonement of Jesus Christ
Written and compiled by: His Servant, Connie Kramer
Atonement of Jesus Christ
What is atonement? Atonement means the substitutionary work of Christ which ended in His Sacrifice at Calvary’s cross. Atonement is more than Jesus’ vicarious (substituted) work. Atonement is the love of God for mankind.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (KJV)
Ephes. 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (KJV)
1 John 4:9-10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (KJV) . . . “God” in these verses is speaking of God the Father. God’s love is an eternal spring from which atonement flows. This love comes from the bountiful riches of God’s goodness and mercy.
Substitutionary atonement refers to the fact that Jesus loved us (sinners) enough to give His life as a Sacrifice for us. The Bible clearly teaches that ALL humans are sinners.
Romans 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. (KJV)
The penalty of our sin is death!
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . This tiny verse teaches us several things.
- #1 The death spoken of here is Hell.
- #2 There are two classes of people in the world.
- #3 We all will die and spend eternity in Hell for payment for our sins . . . unless we accept Jesus and His Work on the cross.
- #4 Without Christ’s atonement, we are doomed for Hell.
- #5 With Christ’s atonement, we are granted eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.
Our Lord Jesus died in our place on that cross. He was sinless, we were the sinners; but He loved us enough to take our place.
1 Peter 2:24 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. (KJV)
1 Peter 3:18 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: (KJV) . . . The word “substitute” is not in the Bible, but these two verses clearly teach it. Jesus was our Substitute, and He was the Atonement meaning that He satisfied the payment of the Law due for our sins. We could NOT pay the price of our sin on our own. But, Christ took our place and reconciled us with God.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
Romans 5:9-10 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV)
Without Jesus, you are God’s enemy. Only belief in, and acceptance of Jesus makes you God’s friend.
I will bring one verse from the Old Testament, which tells about substitutionary atonement.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV) . . . This Passage tells about Christ coming to die on the cross for US. HE (Christ Jesus) was wounded for OUR transgressions, HE (Christ Jesus) was bruised for OUR iniquities: the chastisement of OUR peace was upon HIM (Christ Jesus); and with HIS (Christ Jesus’) stripes WE are healed. (Emphasis mine). Because Jesus did this for us, we have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him; BUT, in order for us to do this, we MUST believe God (1 John 5:1-13), and place our faith in Jesus (Eph.2:8-9). We become born again (John 1:12-13; 3:3) Christians through God’s grace that we do NOT deserve, NOT because of anything we do. Paul tells us:
2 Corinthians 13:5-7 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. (KJV) . . . We are to examine ourselves to see if we really are Christians. These check-ups SHOULD show a growing awareness of Christ’s Presence and power in our lives. Only then will we know if we are TRUE Christians or imposters. If we are not taking active steps to grow closer to God, we are drawing further away from Him. He knows if you are His TRUE child or not!
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (KJV) . . . Do you JOY in God?
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Our NEED for Atonement Chapter 1
The most important event in the history of this world was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Many people know that happened almost 2000 years ago, but most people have not the faintest idea as to WHY He died. The main event to which the whole Old Testament pointed to, and to which the entire New Testament describes is Jesus’ death on the cross. Couldn’t God forgive us without the shedding of Blood? Questions like this show people’s ignorance and total lack of understanding God.
- Christianity is the only religion in the world that requires an atonement.
- Christianity is the only religion in the world that provides an atonement though Jesus Christ.
- Without an atonement, sin cannot be forgiven.
- IF a person could be saved by his works, or baptism or communion, an atonement would not be necessary, but since we cannot save of ourselves, we MUST have an atonement.
- Many religions believe salvation can be achieved through self-sacrifice or religious practices (rituals sacraments); but the Bible absolutely denies this.
- God demands an atonement to reconcile us with Him.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)
Ephes. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) . . . Jesus died on the cross to redeem us, completely paying our sin debt. His love is commended (entrusted) to us at the time (the moment) we SINCERELY believe God and accept Jesus and His work on the cross; assuring us of our reconciliation with God, our oneness with God. Since sin (ALL sin, ANY sin) separates us from God and makes us His enemy, we must be reconciled with Him to be assured of eternal life in His Home. Jesus, as our Atonement, justifies us because of our faith in Him (Rom.5:1-10).
God in His infinite love, knew we would sin, so He made “A” Provision of salvation for us. Those people who believe God and accept Christ and His Work, shall absolutely be saved, by our faith and God’s grace. God commends (entrusts) His love to us that we may know we have eternal life (1 John 5:13; Eph.1:18).
The Bible tells us that salvation is a “free gift” given to us by God to “whosoever” will accept it. That does not mean it comes at no cost. We are “bought with a price” (1 Cor.6:20; 7:23); that being the precious Blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:19).
Atonement is a Provision of God’s love and His sovereign good pleasure. It is an act rooted in God’s Holy nature. So, is eternal life given to all people? No! It is not. It is given only to those who believe God and trust and accept Jesus, God’s only Way of salvation. Any person who continually rejects Jesus will NOT access Heaven simply because they refuse to accept God’s Way of doing things. You either do it God’s Way or your eternal destiny is Hell. Doing it God’s Way is accepting the Atonement He has provided for us.
Psalm 100:4-5 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (KJV) . . . God truly is good!
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Our NEED for Perfect Righteousness Chapter 2
God is holy, righteous and just in all His ways. His perfect nature requires that all sin be punished with death (spiritual, physical and eternal death). So, since we ALL are sinners, we don’t have a chance to be forgiven of our sins (justified) in God’s eyes. Without Jesus and His atonement, we remain God’s enemies forever. I can’t stress this too strongly. Without Jesus, you shall spend eternity in an everlasting Hell.
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV) . . . Everlasting destruction is the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14). Hell is the place of eternal separation from God and all that is good. Everyone who is separated from God in eternity no longer has ANY hope whatsoever for salvation. Your soul will go to Hades (holding place to await judgment) immediately when you die (Luke 16:19-31). Please consider these words. There absolutely is a Hell! Jesus spoke more on Hell than He did any other subject, because He does NOT want anyone to go there.
There is a desperate NEED for the atonement that God offers through His Son, Jesus. In order for us to be saved, we NEED a Substitute who can pay our sin penalty for us, for we in ourselves are not worthy or able. God the Father requires a positive righteousness; He requires a life lived in endless righteousness; a life lived in perfect obedience to His Law before He will bestow eternal life upon us. So . . . HOW do we gain the blessings of God? God gives us the answer.
- #1 We must obey His commandments. Deut. 11:26-28 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. (KJV) . . . What are His commandments to us (the church of today)? Jesus clearly tells us. Mat.22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) . . . IF we obey these two commands, we fulfill the entire Old Testament, all 613 laws. We must love God above and beyond all things and persons, and we must love our neighbors as ourselves. Our Commands!
- #2 We must “fear” God, reverence Him for who He is and what He is capable of. Deut. 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (KJV)
- #3 We must obey God 100%. Deut. 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (KJV) . . . For if we stumble and break just one tiny law, we are guilty of breaking the entire Law; for the Law is like a chain. If you break one link, you break the whole chain. James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (KJV)
The Bible teaches that God requires a perfect, personal and perpetual obedience to Him. So . . . HOW can we, sinners, do this? My friend, there is only ONE Way. That Way is Jesus! No matter how hard we try, we will sin day after day, hour after hour. We don’t stand a chance with our God who is absolutely holy, righteous, just and perfect in every way! We deserve the death penalty. We are not worthy. We CANNOT live up to His standards on our own. We need help, and our Helper, our Advocate, our Atonement comes in one perfect, sinless God-man, Jesus. We have a guilt of sin and we fall completely short of a perfect righteousness. There is only one Way to achieve perfect righteousness, and that is the atonement that is available in Christ Jesus.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (KJV)
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . Justified = just as if you had never sinned; declared not guilty in the courts of Heaven. Only Jesus can justify us!
God the Father applies the righteousness of His Son to all who believe Him, and trust and accept Jesus His Son for salvation. Only the Blood of Jesus can wash your sin away.
1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (KJV) . . . Of him . . . NOT of yourselves (Ephes. 2:8). In Christ . . . living in union with Him, NOT “in the flesh” (1 Cor. 1:26, 29). Of God . . . from God; flowing out from Him, sent by Him. Is made unto us . . . blessings for our eternal gain. Wisdom . . . impossible by the worldly way of seeking it (1 Cor. 1:19-20; Col. 2:3; Prov. 8:1-36). Only Godly wisdom can make us “wise unto salvation,” where before we were complete “fools.” Righteousness . . . is the basis of our justification (Jer.23:5; Rom.4:25; 2 Cor. 5:21). We were once “weak” (Rom.5:6).
Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. (KJV) . . . Our righteousness comes ONLY from Christ! Sanctification = set apart for God . . . by His Spirit; where before faith in Jesus, we were set apart for the world, not God.
The righteousness whereby we are justified is perfect because it comes from our perfect Lord. Our union with Christ results in our having God’s wisdom and knowledge, possessing right standing with God, being holy (1 Thes. 4:3-7), and having the penalty for our sins paid by Jesus (redemption, Mark 10:45).
Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (KJV) . . . God applies the righteousness of Christ to us when we accept Him.
Justification demands a righteousness such as belongs to none other than the incarnate Son of God. It is a divine righteousness found in NO other than Jesus.
Philip.3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (KJV) . . . ATONEMENT IS IN CHRIST JESUS ALONE! As we examine what the Bible states about the moral attributes of God, we clearly see that His Law has just punishment for sin. Because God is so holy, so pure and so perfect, He cannot tolerate any sin! Our nature is different than God. We are guilty as charged before this magnificent Creator God of the Bible. We have NO righteousnesses of our own (Isa.64:6), so the only conclusion is: Christ Jesus’ sinless life and perfect sacrificial death is the only way sinners can be saved.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (KJV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
The subject of our NEED for atonement is actually a subject of the most important decision you will ever make in your entire life . . . it is the subject of life OR death! It is the subject of Heaven OR Hell!
Hopefully now you have a better understanding of WHO God really is, WHY He hates sin so much, WHY sin must be punished, WHY God’s love and mercy sent His only begotten Son to the cross, and WHY there is NO other Way to be saved other than Jesus’ life and death (His Precious Blood).
Have you trusted Jesus alone for your salvation? Or will you continue down that broad road that leads to eternal destruction (Mat.7:13-14)? The eternal agony of the Lake of Fire awaits all who reject God’s amazing offer (gift) of salvation (atonement). See 2 Thes.1:8-9.
Atonement of Jesus Christ
The Nature of Atonement Chapter 3
The NEED for atonement deals primarily with WHY Jesus had to suffer and bleed and die to redeem believers. Atonement came into being because of God’s perfect nature and man’s problem with sin.
I now will discuss the nature of atonement. We will see HOW Jesus brings about a complete reconciliation between a holy, righteous and just God and an ungodly, unrighteous and sinful people. Jesus dealt with every aspect and consequence of sin that came about from the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.
Christ dealt with: the guilt of sin by expiation; the wrath of God by propitiation; the alienation of God by reconciliation; and the bondage of sin by redemption.
The main aspect of Christ’s sacrifice is expiation (making amends, atonement, redemption). John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (KJV)
Ephes. 5:2 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. (KJV) . . . Expiation covers all the other elements: propitiation, reconciliation, redemption. Once our sin and guilt is removed, God’s wrath towards us is removed; we are reconciled to Him so our alienation is gone. We no longer are His enemies, we are His friends, and our bondage to sin and Satan are also gone. Expiation = the removal of any liability accumulating from our sin. Sacrifice is the provision whereby this liability is removed. This Sacrifice (Christ Jesus) was provided for us by God. It is available to ALL people but few and far between are those who accept this awesome Gift!
WHY does God need a sacrifice? The Old Testament sacrificial system illustrated the redemptive work of Christ.
Col. 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (KJV)
Heb. 9:23-24 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (KJV)
Heb. 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (KJV)
Jesus’ death was vicarious
The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus’ death on the cross was vicarious, meaning He took it upon Himself (was our Substitute) to remove our guilt, shame and penalty of our sin. He substituted Himself in our place to receive the full penalty for what we rightly deserved.
Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (KJV)
1 Cor. 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (KJV)
2 Cor. 5:21 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. (KJV)
Gal.1:3-4 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 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: (KJV)
Gal. 3:13 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: (KJV)
Heb.9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (KJV)
1 Peter 2:24 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. (KJV)
Jesus’ suffering and death was done in the place of His people. Jesus took our place, bore our sin, was punished for our sin instead of us. So, HOW was our sin placed upon Christ at the cross? The Bible teaches that ALL who believe in Jesus and His Work on the cross, has his sins imputed (assigned, charged) to Jesus on the cross. This is just another of God’s great mysteries! I do not truly understand HOW this was accomplished, but I believe it. The sins of all who believe in Christ (the elect) went to the cross with Him all those years ago. Our sins were imputed to Jesus at the cross. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but very few people have the wisdom to accept the atonement of Jesus Christ. His life and His death means absolutely nothing to them; and the Bible states that without acceptance of Jesus, without trusting Him and Him alone to save you, you are bound for the everlasting fires of Hell.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV) . . . Condemned already . . . when someone willingly rejects the one and only Way of being delivered from that condemnation, they are doomed to Hell.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV) . . . Hath everlasting life . . . you already HAVE eternal life when you believe (John 5:24). Shall not see life . . . quite a difference: the one already has a life that will endure for ever . . . the other not only does NOT have it not now, but never shall have it, never see it. Abideth on him . . . God’s wrath is on all people without Jesus. The only way to remove it is by believing on the Son. This statement from God’s Word CONTRADICTS the teaching of so many in our day. Most today teach what people WANT to hear: that there is NO Hell; ALL people will go to Heaven (a universal sonship). The Bible does NOT teach this.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ Words! EVERYONE who rejects Christ will die in their sins, because they reject the only Way to be rescued from sin. So many are preoccupied with the values of this world that they are absolutely blind to the priceless gift Christ offers. If you focus on this world’s values, you will miss the most valuable GIFT ever to come your way . . . eternal life in Heaven with God.
Only Christ meets the Bible’s
Conditions of a Substitute
The Old Testament sacrificial ritual involved the sinner placing his hand on the head of the sacrificial animal just before the animal was sacrificed.
Lev.1:3-4 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord. 4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. (KJV) . . . The unblemished animal symbolized the moral perfection demanded by a holy God and the perfect nature of the real Sacrifice to come . . . Jesus Christ. The person laid his hand on the head of the animal to symbolize the person’s complete identification with the animal as his substitute. Then he killed the animal and the priest sprinkled the blood. Symbolically, his sins were transferred to the animal, and thus his sins were taken away (atonement). The animal (except for the blood and skin) was burned on the altar, representing the person’s complete dedication to God. God required more than a sacrifice, of course. He also asked the sinner to have an attitude of repentance. The outward symbol (the sacrifice) and the inner change in the heart (repentance) were to work together. Remember that neither sacrifice nor repentance actually caused the sin to be taken away. God alone forgives sin.
Since we no longer offer animal sacrifices to God, we today must accept the Sacrifice already offered once for all (Heb.10:10). A sacrifice that we can offer today that greatly pleases God is a sacrifice of praise (Heb.13:15).
Just as the animal was the substitute for a person’s sins in the Old Testament, so it is with Jesus today that is our Substitute. The sinner placed his hand on the animal’s head thus transferring his sins to the animal. When we believe on (in) Jesus, our sins are transferred to Him. God willingly accepted Jesus’ once for all Sacrifice (Eph.5:2; Heb.10:12) so we know our sins are forgiven, we are justified and made righteous in God’s eyes, and eternal life is ours (John 5:24; Rom.5:1).
God repeatedly warned in the Old Testament of offering only an animal that was without spot or blemish. The animal offered had to be in perfect condition. Any defect at all disqualified the animal.
To meet this strict command, Jesus not only had to be Man, but also God. He had to be Man in order to die, for God cannot die. He had to be God in order to meet the strict requirements of the Law. He had to be perfect, holy and completely sinless. He WAS absolutely pure and sinless (Rom.8:3; Heb. 4:15).
Heb.7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (KJV)
Another reason Jesus had to be God is that we CANNOT atone or pay for the sins of another (Ps.49:7). We can only pay the penalty of our own sins by death in Hell. Only God can provide a Way to remove sin and guilt and remove His wrath from us. Divine justice demands divine satisfaction. God requires satisfaction for sin and provides a Way for us because of His mercy.
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Christ’s Death Removes Guilt of Sin Chapter 4
Before we can have forgiveness of sins, the wrath of God must first be removed from us. We must have full reconciliation with God. We must have peace with Him. We must have fellowship with Him, a close personal relationship with Him. We must have sin removed from us (expiation). This was accomplished by Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. Christ’s Sacrificial death is the cause, the reason that God’s wrath can be removed from us.
Lev.17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (KJV) . . . The life of our flesh is in the Blood of Jesus! Only His precious Blood can make atonement for our souls. God provided His Son as the Sacrifice for ALL people. It is completely up to each individual whether they accept or reject God’s offer. I would strongly advise you not to call God a liar and accept His offer of atonement and salvation.
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) . . . The central focus of the entire Bible is on the death and resurrection of Christ.
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV) . . . We are God’s enemies without Jesus. Only the atonement of Jesus can make us right with God, make us His friend. The divine love that caused Christ to die for us is the same love that sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide and strengthen us every day. That power reconciles us to God when we believe in Christ. The divine power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that saved you and is readily available to you in your daily life, and is the same power that will one day raise us from the dead. Have no doubts, that when you begin a life with Christ, you will have an abundant supply of power and love to call on each day, that will help you meet every trouble or trial that comes your way. Prayer from a sincere heart brings God’s power and love when you need it.
1 Cor. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (KJV) . . . The only fact that we should be concerned about is that we KNOW Christ Jesus (His Person) and Him crucified (His Work). Seeking worldly wisdom will get you NO where in eternity! Christ’s Person and Christ’s Work establish the whole of the Gospel.
Philip. 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (KJV) . . . Like Paul, we should consider everything we have accomplished in our life. Paul said that it was all a loss when he compared it with the wonder of knowing Christ. This is a serious and sincere statement about values! Our relationship with Christ is much more important than anything else. To KNOW Christ should be our ultimate goal. What about your values? Do you place something (anything) above your relationship with Christ? If your priorities are wrong, you may want to rethink them and get on another road! (Mat.7:13-14).
Here are some Passages that speak of the guilt of sin.
Psalm 51:2-3 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. (KJV)
Psalm 51:7-9 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. (KJV) . . . David felt extreme guilt because of his sin. David was truly sorry for his adultery with Bathsheba and for murdering her husband. He knew that his actions had hurt many people. David repented of those sins, and God mercifully forgave him. NO sin is too great to be forgiven! Do you feel that you could never come close to God because you have done something terrible? God can and will forgive you of any sin IF you are truly sorry and truly repent (turn away from that sin). Sin offends God; sin in any form is rebellion against God.
What did Jesus do to remove the guilt of sin? He secured the total removal of the believer’s sin by His suffering and death when we believe on Him and His Work. Following are some verses that speak of the removal of sin and the guilt that accompanies it.
Heb.1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (KJV) . . . The power that created the Universe and that keeps it operating is the same power that removes our sins. To think that God could not forgive us is a big mistake on our part. NO sin is too big for God to handle. He can and will forgive us when we come to Him through His Son; when we accept the atonement of Jesus. Jesus sitting down means His work was complete. Christ’s sacrifice was final, once for all (Heb.10:10).
Heb.9:26 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. (KJV) . . . If it would have been necessary, Jesus would have died again and again for us. But it was NOT necessary! He came once for all time, to remove the power of sin forever by His sacrificial death for us.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV) . . . Real cleansing from sin came with Jesus, the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Sin, by its very nature, brings death . . . that is a fact! Jesus did not die for His own sins; He had none. Instead, by a transaction that we can never fully understand, He died for the sins of the world. When we commit our lives to Christ, thus uniting ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours. He paid the penalty for our sins, His Blood purified us. Just as Christ rose from the grave, we rise to a new life of fellowship with Him (Rom.6:4).
Rev. 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (KJV) . . . Jesus proved His great love by setting us free from our sins through His death on the cross. He freed us from our sins by His precious Blood, ensuring us a place in His Kingdom. The fact that the Almighty God has offered eternal life to you and me is amazing.
Rev. 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (KJV) . . . Some people think that blood is offensive. If anyone thinks that the Blood of Christ is offensive, I really feel sorry for them, for it is the ONLY thing that can cleanse sin from your life. Yes, it is difficult to imagine how blood could make any cloth white, but the Blood of Jesus Christ is the world’s greatest purifier because it removes the stain of sin (Isa.1:18). White symbolizes sinless perfection or holiness. This perfection can be given to you only by the death of the sinless Lamb of God on our behalf. This is symbolic of how we are saved through our faith (Rom.3:21-26).
Jesus was humiliated and shamed at the cross (Gal.3:13). His precious Blood was poured out for believers. Only in Him do we have redemption through His Blood and the forgiveness of sins (Col.1:20). We are redeemed by the precious Blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus’ Blood propitiates (eliminates) God’s wrath from us (Rom.3:25). We are reconciled to God by the Blood of Jesus (2 Cor.5:19). ATONEMENT!
Atonement of Jesus Christ
The Perfection of Atonement Chapter 5
Atonement is a Biblical doctrine that exalts Christ Jesus and His Work. It also exalts the love and grace of God. It actually exposes all other methods of salvation based on human merit as damnable lies of the devil (2 Peter 2:1). ALL that Christ has done is perfect and complete! NOTHING can be or needs to be added! Our Lord Jesus’ suffering and death eliminates all sin and its guilt (past, present and future) to all who are sincere about their belief and acceptance of Jesus and His Work. When we accept His atonement, we are saved eternally (John 5:24). Besides eliminating our sin, Jesus’ Blood eliminates God’s wrath from us, reconciling us with Him. It also eliminates our bondage to sin and Satan. We no longer have the desire to sin as we once did, and when we sin, our conscience makes us feel plain rotten (Ps.40:12; Rom.2:15).
Jesus’ suffering and death was final, a once for all event! It does NOT need to be repeated! Those who believe it needs repeating belittle our precious Saviour and Lord. Jesus’ Work was absolutely perfect. The atonement He offers is absolutely perfect. NO man-made doctrines will be able to stand up to the Bible in the Day of Judgment.
Mat.15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Many teachers and preachers will be chastised to the fullest extent on Judgment Day. (KJV) . . . Jesus died ONCE for sin (Rom.6:10). Just before He died, Jesus said: It is finished (John 19:30). His Sacrifice was completed and was never to be repeated again. We must trust only in Jesus alone for our salvation, NOT in any idolatrous rituals that teach that Christ did not do His job right. How utterly ridiculous that anyone could believe such garbage!
Salvation is of the Lord! (Jonah 2:9). The Lord is God, so He does NOT do anything that is not complete. He does NOT do anything stupid. The atonement of Jesus Christ is absolutely perfect! It does NOT need to be supplemented in any way by man. The idea that you have to “do something” to attain salvation is utterly ridiculous. The only thing (work) you need to do is believe!
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV) . . . Jesus tells us we must believe on Him (Jesus) whom God has sent. Satisfying God does NOT come from the work we do, but from whom we believe. We must believe and accept that Jesus is who He claims to be. Our eternal destiny rests on our acknowledging: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat.16:16).
Unbelievers are spiritually dead.
Ephes. 2:1-5 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (KJV) . . . Unbelievers hate the Truth and they hate Jesus (John 3:19-21). They dwell in darkness (John 1:4-5). They have a heart of stone (Eze.11:19). They are a slave to Satan (Acts 26:17-18). They cannot see or comprehend any divine, spiritual Truth (1 Cor.2:14). The only way that grace can be sufficient is for it to be effective (2 Cor.12:9). Grace is NOT available to those who do not believe, but, everyone who believes is united to Christ in His death and resurrection and is regenerated (renewed, born again), and then given the gifts of faith and repentance. God’s grace is productive, bringing salvation to the soul. Regeneration is never an act of the will of man but of God! It is based entirely on Christ.
The Biblical doctrine of atonement teaches that man can add NOTHING to the salvation process. God works directly upon the souls of those who believe. Anyone who rejects the completeness of atonement, rejects the perfection of atonement. When anyone does this, they simply accuse the Saviour of failing to accomplish a full and free salvation (Rom.5:15-19; Eph.2:8-9).
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . Our salvation is a gift of God, not something of our own doing. He saved us because of His mercy, NOT because of any good things that we have done. We should humbly and gratefully accept, with much thanksgiving and praise the gift that God has freely given to us.
Ephes. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) . . . God’s grace that saves us is free and undeserved. God saves us through our faith in Christ Jesus. A regenerated sinner lives a life of holiness, being born of God. We are delivered from the guilt of sin by His justifying grace.
Titus 3:4-6 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; (KJV) . . . All three Persons of the Trinity are mentioned here because all three do their part in the work of salvation. Based upon the redemptive work of His Son, the Father forgives us and sends the Holy Spirit to wash away our sins and renew us daily. Also see Eph.1:2-14 for the work of the Trinity in our salvation.
There is NO way ANY person can achieve salvation on their own. We cannot attain grace and righteousness without Jesus’ atonement. Our best righteousnesses is as filthy rags (Isa.64:6). We cannot attain forgiveness of sin on our own. We cannot be reconciled to God the Father on our own. God’s wrath is upon all who reject Jesus (John 3:18,36; 8:24; Rom. 1:18; Eph.5:6; Col.3:6; Rev.14:10,19; 15:7; 16:1).
Millions do NOT believe that Christ intercedes before God the Father on behalf of TRUE believers. They do not believe that He alone can obtain grace for them by His Blood. Jesus’ Work of redemption is absolutely and completely perfect in every way! He eliminates our guilt and sets us free from the power of sin. He sends His Spirit to regenerate us and to abide with us forever (John 14:16-17; 15:26; Rom.8:9; Eph.1:13-14). He takes us from the hog wallow of sin to the Paradise of God. He is worthy (Rev.5:12).
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Understanding Atonement Chapter 6
Atonement means to cover; to expiate or condone, to satisfy or cancel, to appease, to cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, purge, put off, reconcile. I discussed this before. I have already talked about the necessity (need) for atonement, and that righteousness is needed for atonement, and the perfection of atonement. I will now add more information.
The Scope of Atonement
A. The accomplishment of atonement. When Jesus died on the cross, what did His death accomplish?
When Jesus died on the cross, He accomplished the atonement . . . the bringing to God all those who would by faith be brought to God . . . those who would be saved by the grace of God. Ephes. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) . . . OUR faith, God’s grace! NOT works that we do.
IF Jesus did not accomplish a true and perfect atonement, then His death was not necessary, and a person can be atoned by his own works.
Some teach that faith is the only work that needs to be done, BUT, faith is NOT a work but instead a gift of God (Rom.12:3; 1 Cor.12:9; Ephes. 2:8; 6:23). Our faith cannot accomplish atonement. Only Christ’s death on the cross accomplished atonement.
Yes! Faith and repentance both are absolutely needed by us to attain salvation. There is no denying this fact. But, neither of these can bring us reconciliation with God. They are simply channels through which the Holy Spirit brings us to God. IF faith and repentance are not present within us, the Holy Spirit cannot do His work of regenerating us.
The Extent of Atonement
B. By the extent of atonement. I refer to the range which atonement reaches out to man, and to whom it applies. Does it reach out to ALL mankind as some teach? Or does it reach out just to those who by faith and repentance turn to Jesus to save them? Are ALL people saved? Do ALL people go to Heaven as some falsely teach? NOT according to the Bible!
Some teach that Jesus died for every sin of every man, including the sin of unbelief (the worst sin in God’s eyes). This would include rebels, rejecters, skeptics, heretics, apostates, haters of God, etc. Will these people go to Heaven without Jesus? NO way!
IF Jesus died for every sin, the unpardonable sin would be included, right? Since this sin cannot be forgiven (Mat.12:31), how could it have been atoned for at the cross? This sin is rejection of Jesus. Without the atonement of Jesus, everlasting destruction awaits. IF Jesus died for every sin of every man, then how can some “die in their sins”?
John 8:21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. (KJV) . . . HOW did Jesus KNOW they would die in their sins? Because He did not atone for their sins on the cross. God knows all hearts, all the time.
IF Jesus died for every sin of every man, then Paul would not have said:
Ephes. 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (KJV) . . . And Paul went on to say:
Ephes. 5:6-7 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. (KJV) . . . This is a warning. Those who by the lusts of the flesh or the love of the world, will NOT belong to the kingdom of glory (Heaven).
IF Jesus died for every sin of every man, then there will be no sin judged in eternity. IF He atoned for the sins of ALL people, there would be no Judgment Day. The Bible does NOT teach this.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (KJV)
Mat.25:31-34 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (KJV)
Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV) . . . IF Jesus died for every sin of every man, then there would be no need at all to preach the Gospel, telling them that Jesus is the only Way.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . And Jesus would not have told us to “go ye therefore” (Mat. 28:19). BUT, He did tell us, and this is not an option, it is a command!
Some people believe that if Jesus died just for the sins of those whom He knows will believe, then there is no need for an invitation to salvation, or the preaching of Christ and Him crucified (the Gospel).
But, Jesus Himself set the guideline for the effectiveness of the Gospel.
Mat.28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (KJV)
Paul also had something to say about it.
1 Cor. 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (KJV) The Gospel is absurd to unbelievers.
No human knows what God knows. Only God knows a person’s heart. No human wisdom can come close to God’s wisdom. No one knows who will be saved and who will not. It really is none of our business, it is God’s business. Our only business in the matter of salvation is to “go ye therefore” and tell about Jesus. We CANNOT save anyone! Only God can save people’s souls. Only Jesus can atone.
The Work at the cross was a divine mystery. We cannot understand it all. We cannot understand how our sins were placed on Christ, and we surely do not know which people’s sins were there and which people’s sins were not there. It is NOT for us to know all the deep things of God (1 Cor.2:10). The deep things of God refers to God’s deep nature and His wonderful plan; Jesus’ death and resurrection, and to His Promise of salvation, granted only to those who believe that what God says is true. Those who believe in Christ’s death and resurrection and put their faith in Him, know all they need to know to be saved. All who reject God’s message are fools, no matter how wise the world thinks they are.
It is our job to tell sinners about what Jesus did on the cross, and how they can be reconciled to God by the atonement of Jesus. The actual work of regeneration (being born again, John 1:12-13; 3:3) is done by God. We just need to tell of Jesus.
So, there are two ways of seeing the atonement.
- #1 Jesus died for every sin of every man on Earth. This in a way is true. Every man on Earth could come to Jesus, but very few ever will (Mat.7:13-14). That narrow road is big enough for the whole world IF they were to choose it, but most choose the broad road to Hell.
- #2 Jesus died on the cross for every person who will believe God and trust Him for salvation.
Have you accepted the atonement of Jesus Christ?
We have seen some big words in this booklet that are hard for some to understand.
Atonement: This word appears only once in the New Testament, in Rom.5:11. In the Old Testament it is found many times. The meaning of the word simply means the state of being reconciled, so atonement is reconciliation. It is used to mean the effect which flows from the death of Christ. For those who want to do a more thorough Bible study on the subject, the doctrine of atonement is found in: Exodus 30:15; 32:30; Lev. 1:4; 4:20; 4:26; 4:31; 4:35; 5:6; 5:10; 5:13; 5:16; 5:18; 6:7; 7:7; 8:34; 9:7; 10:17; 12:7; 14:18; 14:21; 14:29; 14:53;15:15; 15:30; 16:6; 16:10; 16:16; 16:24; 16:33; 17:11;19:22; Num.5:8; 6:11; 8:12; 8:21; 15:25; 15:28; 16:46; 16:47; 28:30; 31:50; 2 Chron.29:24; Neh.10:33; Eze.45:20; Mat. 26:28; Rom.5:11
Expiation: Making amends. Guilt is said to be appeased (satisfied) when the punishment falls on a substitute. Expiation is made for our sins when they are punished, not in ourselves but when another consents to stand in our place. That is what Jesus did on the cross for us. Sin is said to be “covered” by a substituted satisfaction. The idea of substituted expiation is taught in the whole Old Testament system of sacrifices.
Justification: A judicial act of God, by which He pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ. God accounts, accepts, and treats us as righteous in the eye of the law. In addition to the pardon of our sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied. The law is not relaxed or set aside, but is declared to be fulfilled; so the person justified is declared to be entitled to all the advantages and rewards coming from perfect obedience to the law (Rom.5:1-10). Justified = just as if we’d never sinned; declared not guilty in the courts of Heaven. Only Jesus can do this for us!
Propitiation: is that by which God is made propitious (favorable, helpful, agreeable). God becomes compatible with His character and act of governing to pardon and bless sinners when we have faith in Christ’s Blood. The propitiation does not obtain (earn) God’s love; it makes it okay for Him to exercise His love to sinners. He approves and grants His love to us because of our faith in Christ (Rom.3:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10)
Reconciliation: means re-establishing our relationship. Christ’s atonement has reconciled us to God. We now have peace with God, where before we were His enemies (Rom.5:10). This peace we have because of atonement, is quite different from fleeting peaceful feelings such as calmness and tranquility. Peace with God means that we have been reconciled with Him. There is no more hostility between us, no sin blocking our relationship with Him. Peace with God is possible only because Jesus paid the price for our sins through His death on the cross. (Dan.9:24; Rom.5:1,10; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Ephes. 2:15-18; Col. 1:20-22; Heb.2:17).
Redemption: is the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. Jesus paid a price for us at the cross, a price we couldn’t pay (Mat.20:28; Mark 10:45). There are many Passages in the New Testament which represent Christ’s sufferings under the idea of a ransom or price, with the result secured by a purchase or redemption (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Gal. 3:13; 4:4-5; Ephes. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Titus 2:14; Heb.9:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Rev. 5:9). The idea in all these texts, is that of payment made for our redemption. The debt against us is not viewed as simply cancelled, but paid in full. Christ’s Blood (Life), which He surrendered for us, is the “ransom” which delivers His people from the bondage of sin and from its consequences (death) was secured at the cross. The clear doctrine of Scripture teaches that Christ saves us not by the mere exercise of power, not by His doctrine, not by His example, not by the moral influence which He put forth, not by any mental control on His people, but as a satisfaction to divine justice, as an expiation for sin, and as a ransom from the curse and authority of the law. Jesus reconciled us to God with His consistent mercy and abundant love toward sinners.
Repentance: true repentance is a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised. It is a 180 degree turn, turning away from sin. Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one’s own guilt and sinfulness;
(2) an understanding of God's mercy in Christ;
(3) an actual hatred of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5-6; 2 Cor. 7:10) and turning from it to God;
(4) a persistent attempt for a holy life; walking with God in the way of His commandments. The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Ps.51:4, 9), of pollution (Ps.51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (Ps.51:11; Ps. 109:21-22). Repentance sees sin as God sees it. God declares him to be a sinner, and he agrees. Ps.130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. God is a marvelous Father to His children. BUT, only the atonement of Jesus can make you His child!
THE CROSS OF CHRIST
The Cross of Christ looms, ‘tween God and you,
Those to make it across, are very few.
Christ wants to be your Saviour and Friend,
But to most today, His Cross offends.
If you don’t believe this very day,
‘Tis the Cross of Christ, that’s in the way.
Christ is standing outside your heart’s door,
To give eternal life, and so much more!
Christ on the Cross, paid your way to Heav’n,
It’s a Gift of God, so freely giv’n.
Our Lord holds the key to Heaven’s gate,
But you must accept Him, ‘fore it’s too late.
The Cross of Christ can be a bridge for you,
Leading directly to God so true.
You are able to live in Glory Land,
But you must take hold of Jesus’ Hand.
On one side or the other, you stand,
Of the Cross of Christ, and Jesus’ Hand.
If you stand with Christ, you’ll go to Heav’n,
To stand beyond the Cross; Hell is giv’n.
By: Connie Kramer Jan.1,1997 # 282
(Mt.7:13-14; 10:32-33; Jn.12:48; Rev.3:30;
Ro.5:10-11; Ep.2:8-9; Jn.3:15-18,36; 5:24)
What Christ did on the cross is available to every person on Earth.
He died for your sin, BUT if you refuse to believe and accept it, the agony of Hell awaits. His Blood can atone for your sin, believe it!
Under a dark, looming Eastern sky,
A humble Man, stumbled forth to die.
In the midst of a crowd, shouting with glee,
This Man went forth, to die for me!
A crown of thorns pierced His precious Head,
His Blood reveal’d ev’ry step He tread.
He bore that cross in pure agony,
As this Man went forth, to die for me!
They drove nails into His Hands and Feet,
After many hours that they scourged and beat.
Naked He hung in complete humility,
This Man consented to die for me!
On that awful cross, my sins He did bear,
A burden He asked no one to share!
All this He did out of love so free,
This awesome Man --- He died for me!
Because of this Man; great blessings are mine,
Peace, joy, comfort, grace, and strength divine!
But, best of all, life eternally,
For Christ Jesus gave His Life for me!
For me! For me! this awesome Man died!
For me! For me! He was crucified!
For me! His death was pure victory!
For it gives me Heaven eternally!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Feb.6, 2000 # 636
Without Christ, you are forever lost,
Friend, have you ever counted the cost?
Only Jesus can redeem your soul,
Just He has authority and control.
Forever lost, when you live in sin,
But Christ, for you, a new life begins!
Your sin, you must admit and repent,
Your forgiveness, is why God’s Son was sent!
Forever lost; condemned to Hell!
Your unrighteousness, just Christ can quell!
Only Christ Jesus your soul can save,
And grant eternal life beyond the grave!
Are you without Christ and forever lost?
You don’t have to be; please count the cost!
If you turn to Jesus this v’ry day,
You’ll be forever saved, for alway!
By His servant, Connie Kramer Nov.7,1998 # 503
Without believing God and accepting Jesus, you don’t stand a chance to access Heaven. You are like a snowball in Hell! And after death here on Earth, you have NO second chance as some cults teach. There are NO second chances, NO pardons, NO sweet words to the Judge to make Him change His mind! This Judge cannot be bribed like many earthly judges! When you arrive in Hell, there will be NO exit doors, no matter how hard you look. Hell is eternal agony! You do not want to go there! Don’t believe people when they say there is no Hell. The Bible says over and over again that there most certainly is a Hell and it’s horrible. Please believe God and accept Jesus and what He did on the cross for you.
Everyone receives an invitation,
For God offers all eternal salvation.
Many are call’d, but the chosen are few,
For most reject God’s only Son so true.
Invitations go out, to one and all,
It’s the Holy Ghost, who sends out the call.
Many give excuses, all of them lame,
Only a few, the invitation claim.
God’s invitation is scorned by many,
Tho’ He offers Heav’n, absolutely free!
Great blessings He has; He’d give one and all,
If they would consider answering His call.
God has sent an invitation to you,
He wants you to be His child; yes, ‘tis true!
A “mansion” in glorious Heav’n awaits,
Accept Jesus, and He’ll open the gate!
You are invited to this wondrous place,
Where you will meet Christ Jesus, Face to face.
Heav’n is amazing, with beauty untold,
With its river of life, and street of gold.
When you were invited, what did you do?
Was God’s invitation rejected by you?
All who reject, will never in Heav’n dwell,
But instead, spend eternity in Hell.
When you hear about Christ, and walk away,
God’s invitation, you refused that day.
God is so patient, but won’t always be,
Turn to Christ now, with your R.S.V.P.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Sept.26, 2000 # 738
I cannot stress too strongly the point of accepting Jesus and His work on the cross (atonement). There are millions of people in the world today, but only a handful will ever accept God’s invitation to eternal life in Heaven. (Mat.22:1-14; Luke 14:15-24). Back in Jesus’ time, two invitations were expected when banquets were given. The first asked the guests to come; the second told that all was ready. In this story the King invited His guests three times to the His banquet (eternal life); and each time they rejected His invitation. God wants us to join Him at His banquet, which will last for eternity. That’s why He sends us invitations again and again. Have you accepted his invitation? It was customary for wedding guests to be given garments to wear to the banquets. It was unthinkable for anyone to refuse to wear the clothes furnished. This would insult the host, who could only presume that the guest was disrespectful and thought he didn’t need these clothes, or that he did not want to take part in the wedding celebration. The wedding clothes symbolize the righteousness needed to enter God’s Kingdom. The garment (righteousness) is total acceptance in God’s eyes that Christ gives to every believer. Christ has provided this garment of righteousness for everyone, BUT each person must choose to put it on in order to enter the King’s banquet (eternal life). God graciously offers an open invitation, but we must be ready, and we must accept the offer. For more on the clothes of righteousness and salvation, see Ps.132:16; Isa. 61:10; Zech. 3:3-5; Rev. 3:4-5;19:7-8.
1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (KJV) . . . TRUST HIM!
Salvation is as easy as ABC!
A . . . ALL people need salvation!
ALL people must ADMIT they are a sinner. They must admit they are wrong and God is right! Pride most often steps in and won’t allow the person to do this. Sin is refusing to acknowledge just who God really is; and refusing to admit He is in control; that He does have authority, over us, over all things! Sin will lead to spiritual death, which is eternal separation for God.
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; [KJV] You may not think so, but let me warn you, you do NOT want to be in Hell, separated eternally from God.
B . . . BELIEVE God!
He plainly tells us the only way to Heaven is through His Son. God loves you and made a Way to receive salvation; so easy that even a child can have it! Simply BELIEVE God!
John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV]
Do you believe this? Do you believe God?
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [KJV] If you believe God, and accept His Son as your Saviour and Lord, you are “born again” spiritually, into God’s family! God’s wrath is removed from you!
C . . . COME to Jesus!
Open the door of your heart to Him! He will never force Himself on you! You must willingly COME to Him, then COMMIT your life to Him!
A . . . Admit you’re a sinner, repent! B . . . Believe God! C . . . Come to Jesus!
Books You Should Read
Amazing Grace of God, The
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Believe, What does it Mean to Believe?
But I Say To You
Characteristics of Christ
Christ Is The DOOR
Come Unto Me
Crucial and Important Doctrines in Romans
Do You Want To Go To Heaven?
Eternal Security . . . Once Saved, Always Saved!
Faith in the Bible
God's Kind of Love
God's Will, What Is It?
God Controls His Creation
Heaven vs Hell
Hungering and Thirsting for God
Living With ETERNITY in Mind
Our Awesome Triune God
Parables of Jesus
Pride, Violence, Sexual Lust
Privileges of Believers
Security of Believers
Sin and Forgiveness
Sovereignty of God
The Great Tribulation
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
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