1. The atonement gives us redemption from past sin. ‘Add to your faith, virtue…knowledge…self-control…perseverance…to godliness brotherly kindness…and love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will neither be barren or unfruitful…[Do not forget that] he was purged from his old sins’ 2 Peter 1:5-9.
There is no need to feel condemned or guilty over past sins which you have repented of. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ 1 John 1:9.
2. The atonement gives us the ability to live differently from the world. ‘Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world’ James 1:27.
3. The atonement gives us a reason to live, other than for self. ‘And He [Jesus] died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again’ 2 Corinthians 5:15. ‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…’ Galatians 2:20.
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