The Work of the Cross
Atonement - at/one/ment
Every sinner is both responsible and accountable before God for their sin. All are guilty. All are condemned to die; as God in righteous judgment has decreed. A condemned man cannot die in the place of another condemned man so that the other sinner may go free. Each must suffer the Divine penalty for their own sin. Only a sinless man could ever take the place of another and die as the penalty for their sin, that the guilty one might go free. But all from Adam have sinned. And all are selfish. So, who could qualify to save the sinner? And if there ever was a sinless one who could die as a an acceptable substitute before God; why would they die bearing the eternal punishment due the sin of others?
Only God, Who is Holy, could.
Only God, Who is Love, would. And did!
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
For it is the blood that maketh atonement…
There are two major themes of the Atonement of Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race. They are the identification of Jesus Christ with fallen mankind, and the substitution of Jesus Christ for fallen mankind. In order to take our place and die our death, He must be one of us; yet, without sin. He was. He did.
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.