The following articles are related to the topic of ATONEMENT

Reinventing Atonement

The title of the article was: "Savior or martyr? Christians struggle with the meaning of the cross." The essay , penned by Susan Hogan-Albach of the Dallas Morning News, and picked up by newspapers around the country, seeks to give a new twist to the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ - and "twist" is the appropriate term (see ... read more »

The Biblical Concept of Atonement

The English word "atonement" derives from an Anglo-Saxon term which, practically speaking, signifies "a making at one." Though the English term "atonement" is common to the Old Testament, it is found only once in the New Testament (Romans 5:11 KJV). There the original term katallage is better rendered "reconciliation" (ASV; cf. also 2 Corinthians 5:19). The Greek word denotes the ... read more »

1 John 2:1 – The Advocate

One of the purposes of John's first epistle was to inoculate against sin. ". . . These things write I unto you that you may not sin." Of course human beings are weak, and even the most conscientious sin. And so provision is made: ". . . if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ ... read more »

Leviticus 5:17 – Ignorance and Accountability

Does God really hold people accountable for their conduct, even when they are unaware of the fact that they are violating His law? Some allege that He does not. They contend, at least in a practical way, that "ignorance is bliss." The Scriptures do not support this notion. Leviticus 5:17 deals with this principle. Read it carefully. "And if any ... read more »

A Message from John

One of the most thrilling passages in John's first epistle is found in chapter 2, verses 1-2. The text reads as follows: "My little children, these things write I unto you that you may not sin.And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and ... read more »

Lessons from the Ark of the Covenant

When the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian servitude, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. There Jehovah gave them a temporary house of worship-the tabernacle (tent). The tabernacle consisted of two rooms: first, the holy place, in which the priests ministered daily; then, the most holy place, into which the high priest went annually on the day of ... read more »

Zechariah 6:12,13 – The Royal Priest

The writing of Zechariah probably contains more messianic prophecy per square inch than any other book of the Old Testament. Of the several important points within this context, we select three for notation. Branch (Christ) was to build the temple of Jehovah.He would function as a priest.While serving as priest He would likewise be ruling as a king, thus effecting ... read more »

The Altar of Incense: Where Was It Located?

"In Exodus 40:26, the Bible states that the 'golden altar' was in the holy place of the tabernacle, in front of the veil. On the other hand, the book of Hebrews (9:3-4) seems to suggest that the altar of incense was in the most holy place. How can these passages be harmonized?" In responding to this question, some background information ... read more »

Was There Forgiveness Under the Mosaic Regime?

"How could there be forgiveness of sins before Christ died (for example, in the Old Testament period), if forgiveness was predicated upon Jesus' death?" Let us consider two different ways to answer this challenging question. Answer #1: Forgiveness Was Available Before the Death of Christ Do the scriptures assert that, in some sense, forgiveness was obtainable before the death of ... read more »

1 Peter 1:1-2 – Foreknowledge

In the salutation of his first letter, Peter wrote: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect. . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:1,2). Note that the epistle is addressed to "the elect." The Bible theme of election ... read more »