Sin, Sacrifice and Atonement for 2011

Even in 2011, as odd, weird or offensive as it may be, we must deal with “sin, sacrifice and atonement.”

Sin has always demanded a sacrifice. God himself initiated the first sacrifice. He killed an innocent animal and covered Adam and Eve with its skin just after they had committed the first sin. This was the initiation of sacrifice for atonement. One of the definitions of the word “atonement” is “to cover”.

All throughout the Old Testament this practice of animal sacrifices was used for atonement. The word also means, “to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel, appease, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile (-liation).

Expiate, means “to atone for, appease, to put an end to, to extinguish the guilt incurred by, to pay the penalty for, to make amends.”

From the beginning of the first man and women’s sin, we see sacrifice and atonement. The foundation back then was laid and put into place for which would become the ultimate sacrifice for mankind and his sins, The Christ, The Lamb of God.

Even in 2011, as odd, weird and offensive that it may be, we must deal with “sin” and the sacrifice thereof. For it is a foundational law, “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins” (Heb.9:22). This was referring to the law found in Leviticus 17:11 which states, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,….”  Why?


2 Responses to “Sin, Sacrifice and Atonement for 2011”

  1. Stella Says:

    There is no forgiveness for willful and continued sin after one has come to Jesus. Jesus meets us where we are – but He does not leave us where we are.
    If we then continue in the same sins – it is by our choice and thus we crucify Christ afresh every time we sin. The Holy Spirit contines to strive with us, but when that still small voice is continually ignored, it is finally withdrawn, thus the SIN AGAINST THE HOILY SPIRIT.
    WHY? Why did God give His only Son? He did so to make a way for those He loved to be with Him forever. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the light and no man comes to the Father except through me.” Without the shed blood of Jesus, all humanity would be doomed. Only those who accept the gift paid for by the blood of the lamb, those who learn to love Him more than they love their sin they left behind, will find their way to the Father.

  2. Richard Says:

    Hi Stella, good hearing from you.
    Very true to all you wrote. Its all scripture, bless the Lord!

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