Article IX. The Atonement

We believe that

  1. the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (Eph.2:8; Acts 5:11; Romans 3:24);
  2. through the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet was without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience;
  3. by His death, Jesus Christ made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins (John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Phil 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 2 Cor. 5:21;
  4. His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree (John 10:18; Phil 2:8; Gal 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 12:2); and
  5. having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tender sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be suitable, compassionate and all sufficient Savior, (1 Cor. 15:20; Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 9:12-15, Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:2).

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