• The Need for the Cross

    Genesis 18:25

    Some people think that God could have simply forgiven our sin without an atonement. But if that were true, then the Lord would be more like an indulgent grandfather than a righteous Judge. We need God to be righteous, for ...Read More

  • The Work of the Old Covenant Priests

    Hebrews 9:6–7

    God requires atonement for unintentional sins and sins committed in ignorance, for ignorance of the law and good intentions cannot excuse violations of the law, though such circumstances are taken into account for sin’s consequences (Luke 12:35–48). By studying the ...Read More

  • The Necessity of Christ’s Heavenly Priesthood

    Hebrews 8:3–5

    Sacrificial atonement is fundamental to biblical religion. Scripture shows us in many ways that God has demanded a sacrifice in order for sinners to be in fellowship with Him, and any theological system that denies the need for an atonement ...Read More

  • The Fittingness of Christ’s Work

    Hebrews 2:10–13

    Because God has decreed that death is the punishment for sin (Gen. 2:16–17), the only way that we could be saved was through the death of another in our place. We could not have been saved without the death of ...Read More

  • The Final King and Priest

    Hebrews 1:3–4

    Christ is not merely a good teacher or wise guide; He is the very God of the universe and thus the Ruler of all. His word is supreme and cannot be disobeyed with impunity. We evidence our belief that Jesus ...Read More

  • The Righteousness of David

    2 Samuel 22:21–31

    Just as those who blatantly reject the Lord have no right to expect His assistance, those who serve God can legitimately expect His rescue, for He promises to be faithful to faithful people. His rescue may not look the same ...Read More

  • Blood Atonement

    2 Samuel 21

    Sin is serious, and the only way for it to be covered is through a blood atonement. Thanks be to God, Christ made the final blood atonement for His people, so we do not have to suffer the wrath of ...Read More

  • Designating Cities of Refuge

    Joshua 20

    God showed grace without compromising the value of human life when He provided the cities of refuge for those who committed manslaughter. John Calvin comments that the “temporary exile [of the one guilty of manslaughter] clearly showed how precious human ...Read More

  • The Cradle and the Cross

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  • The Extent of the Atonement

    Matthew 1:18–21

    The issue of the atonement’s extent has to do with the justice of God. If God is just, He cannot pour out His wrath again after it has been perfectly satisfied. If Jesus’ work saves only His people from their ...Read More

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