JESUS DIED SO YOU WOULD STOP SINNING
The atonement of Christ is designed to turn sinners into saints, to deliver us from a life of sinning (Isa. 53:5; Matt. 1:21; Jn. 1:29; Acts 3:26; Rom. 8:4; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:25-27; Col 1:21-23; Titus 2:11-12, 14; Heb. 9:26; 10:10; Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Jn. 1:7; 3:5; 3:8; 4:19).
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Tit. 2:14).
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1Jo 3:8).
“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:15).
“JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Mat. 1:21).
“Unto you first God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26).
“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins” (1 Jn. 3:5).
Christ died so “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8:4).
“Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the watching of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27).
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24).
Christ died “to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26).
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ” (Heb. 10:10).
A classic hymn says, “As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.” Another classic hymn says, “In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see, for ‘twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me.”
When Calvinists and others say that we cannot live free from sin and be holy in this life, or that we will never be entirely obedient to God in this world, they are essentially saying that the atonement is a failure and is ineffective. Since the objective of the atonement was to make men holy, they are making “the cross of Christ… of none effect” (1 Cor. 1:17).
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