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Atonement principles (10 points)


  1. That the nature of Christ was not exactly like ours.
  2. That the offering of Christ was not for himself, and Christ never made any offering for himself.
  3. That Christ's offering was for personal sins or moral impurities only. That our sins laid on Christ made him unclean and accursed of God, and that it was from this curse and this uncleanness that Christ needed cleansing.
  4. That Christ died as a substitute; ie, that he was punished for the transgressions of others and that he became a bearer of sin by suffering the punishment due for sins.

  1. That death came into the world extraneously to the nature bestowed upon Adam in Eden, and was not inherent in him before sentence.
  2. That the sentence defiled him [Adam] and became a physical law of his being, and was transmitted to all his posterity.
  3. That the word "sin" is used in two principal acceptations in the Scriptures. It signifies in the first place "the transgression of law," and in the next it represents that physical principle of the animal nature which is the cause of all its diseases, death and resolution to dust.
  4. That Jesus possessed our nature, which was a defiled, condemned nature.
  5. That is was therefore necessary that Jesus should offer for himself for the purging of his own nature, first, from the uncleanness of death, that having by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for himself, he might be able afterward to save to the uttermost those that come unto God by him.
  6. That the doctrine of substitution, ie, that a righteous man can, by suffering the penalty due to the sinner, free the sinner from the penalty of sin, is foreign to Scripture and is a dogma of heathen mythology.
(JC and CMPA, "A Time to Heal").

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