What Does the Atonement Lead To?

Can it be true that Satan had a claim on because of our sin and held us captive, and thus, Jesus’ death on the cross paid a ransom to Satan? No, God has never owed Satan anything; God sent His Son to die because He is holy and needed to punish sin (Exodus 34:7b).

Can is be true that Jesus lived a life just like Adam, but He succeeded in the areas (e.g., sin) where Adam did not? No, Jesus’ death AND life saves and not just His life (I Corinthians 15:45).

Can it be true that Jesus died because God’s honor was robbed by our sin and Jesus’ death recovers that honor for the Father? No, while Jesus’ death does bring God honor (John 13:31), we cannot limit the purpose of His death to that one aim.

See the source imageCan it be true that Jesus died so that we would see that God loves us, and then His love would lead us to repentance? No, God does love us (John 3:16), but God’s judgment was the reason for His Son’s death (I Timothy 1:15).

Can it be true that Jesus was only a political redeemer and died to prove Himself as a worthy martyr for a political cause (e.g., delivering Israel from Roman occupation)? No, the resurrection would lose its value (I Corinthians 15:14).

Can it be true that salvation was not necessarily accomplished by Jesus’ death because God can save in other ways? No, without the shedding of Jesus’ blood, there is no forgiveness for our sins (Hebrews 9:22).

Can it be true that Jesus’ death was in place of our own required death? Yes (II Corinthians 5:21).

Can it be true that Jesus death was for us as sinners? Yes (Matthew 20:28).

Can it be true that Jesus’ death purchases out of bondage to sin? Yes (Galatians 3:13).

Can it be true that Jesus’ death reconciled us to God? Yes (II Corinthians 5:18-19).

Can it be true that Jesus’ death made us righteous, even though we have no actual righteousness on our own? Yes (Romans 4:6-7).

“Well, if that’s the case, God, what can I give to you?”

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