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Recently I preached a sermon on Jesus’ death, as part of our doctrinal series on the gospel. At one point I explained four different models of the atonement. All four models come from the Bible. First, Jesus’ death is an example for us to follow (). Second, Jesus’ death is a demonstration of the love of God (). Third, Jesus’ death is a victory over death and the devil
(). Fourth, Jesus’ death is a substitutionary sacrifice for sins
All four models are Biblical, but only one of them is adequate to explain the atonement sufficiently. Continue reading
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,