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The atonement

Bro. Ron Rupé
7/7/2002 11:00 AM

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Ponder this question: "What shall I give for the sin of my soul?" There is a sentence, a death sentence, passed upon the sinner. Sin came in the world and death by sin.

Romans 6:32
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Wherever you find sin, the sentence of death is there. If there is sin in your life, a sentence has been passed upon you. The sentence is a punishment for a guilty man. The decision has been made. Because of sin, the world is already condemned.

John 3:17-18
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.

God didn't send his Son to condemn, because the world was already condemned. This is why they need a Savior. The sentence is a deferred sentence.

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

Although the sentence is already given, God, in his mercy, has chosen not to execute it speedily. God has appointed a day of reckoning, of judgment, of executing the sentence.

Hebrews 9:27
And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

"...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment..."

Galatians 6:7-8
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

The judge is not mocked. Some might feel that God will not execute his judgment. They mock God by thinking this and continuing to do evil.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

We all have an appointment to receive our sentence, whether it be good or bad. What is a sinner to do? How do you prepare to stand before God?

Micah 6:6-7
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

When I come before God, what should I bring? What will turn his wrath to pleasure? Man has found some relief by making sacrifice to God. God accepted those sacrifices because it was all that man could offer.

Genesis 4:2-3
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering:

By these offerings, God pointed mankind to the lamb.

Genesis 8:20-21
And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing, as I have done.

Even Noah offered animal sacrifices to God. In that time, the only way to reach God was through the smoke of the sacrifice.

Leviticus 1:1-4
And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the heard, 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. 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.

God provided a way for the sinner to atone for his sin. They exchanged the sacrifice for appeasement from God. Yet, these sacrifices did not please God.

Hebrews 10:6
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

God accepted those sacrifices, but he had no pleasure in them. He accepted them because it was all they had to offer. Yet, it wasn't changing their hearts. It wasn't changing the evil imaginations. They continued to sin. There was no freedom from bondage. It never changed the man. All of these sacrifices could not please him. God made a promise to man.

Genesis 22:7-8
And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for the burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

"God will provide himself a lamb." The lambs men were offering were inadequate, but were all they had. God provided a better sacrifice. It did more than appease him; it pleased him. He provided a lamb that would take away sin.

John 1:29, 36
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. ... And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John here recognizes the lamb that God has provided. Christ was offered on the cross, crucified as a sacrifice for sin. He is our atonement. His death was not symbolic. He was the sacrifice for sin.

Ephesians 5:2
And walk in love, as Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

"... and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour."

1 Peter 1:18-20
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, ...

Christ is the lamb that has been promised from the beginning. What can we bring when we stand before God? We can bring the Lamb that he has provided.

Hebrews 9:24-28
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: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 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. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 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.

He died to be the atonement. Christ was manifest to put away our sins. Christ is now in the presence of God for us.

Romans 5:6-11
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 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. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Christ was that atonement; the Lamb God provided. He was the atonement for the sins of the whole world.

Micah 6:6-7
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Everyone will come before the Lord. It's not a question of "if you will stand before God." You will stand before the Lord. What will you do for the sin of your soul? Would you go to the end carrying the sentence of death? God has provided a way, a lamb, for your atonement. He has given his firstborn.

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