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CARM Theological Dictionary

Atonement

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To atone means to make amends, to repair a wrong done. Biblically, it means to remove sin. The Old Testament atonements offered by the high priest were temporary and a foreshadow of the real and final atonement made by Jesus. Jesus atoned for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). This atonement is received by faith (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9).

Man is a sinner (Romans 5:8) and cannot atone for himself. Therefore, it was the love of the Father that sent Jesus (1 John 4:10) to die in our place (1 Peter 3:18) for our sins (1 Peter 2:24). Because of the atonement, our fellowship with God is restored (Romans 5:10). (See Reconciliation.)


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Entry for 'Atonement'. CARM Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ctd/a/atonement.html. 2013.

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Saturday, October 19th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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