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October 9,1898
DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

- Section 2 -

 

I John 2:1,2
1 My little children, these things
write I unto you, that ye sin not. And
if any man sin, we have an advocate
with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for
our sins: and not for ours only, but
also for the sins of the whole world.


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I Timothy 2:3-6
3 For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for
all, to be testified in due time.

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Romans 5:8-11
8 But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now
justified by his blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy
in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom we have now received the
atonement.


18:1-9,13 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

 

Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality. 

Christ Healing (1)

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Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious. 

Cardinal point 3 - Column 1 - Extended



(Divine oneness)
Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God,
whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of
Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father,
and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both
individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in
justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, - to show them how to
do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a
single responsibility.
(Human reconciliation)
The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man;
for the divine Principle of Christ is God, and how can God
propitiate Himself? Christ is Truth, which reaches no higher than
itself. The fountain can rise no higher than its source. Christ,
Truth, could conciliate no nature above his own, derived from the
eternal Love. It was therefore Christ's purpose to reconcile man
to God, not God to man. Love and Truth are not at war with God's
image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone
for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for
Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling
man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine
Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love
redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of
Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

25:3 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

(True flesh and blood)
The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice. The efficacy of
Jesus' spiritual offering is infinitely greater than can be
expressed by our sense of human blood. The material blood of
Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed
upon "the accursed tree," than when it was flowing in his veins as
he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and
blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his
blood, who partake of that divine Life.

19:17-24 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

(Efficacious repentance)
Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform,
every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus'
atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner
continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part
in the atonement, - in the at-one-ment with God, - for he lacks
the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man
to do the will of wisdom.

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