ATONEMENT – reparation for an offense or injury; the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ
There is only one thing that will appease God’s fury against sin: death over sin. But if God were to put to death every sinner on earth to atone for the sins they had committed, that would be the end of humanity. However, God is a merciful, longsuffering God who loves His creation, and human beings most of all. He does not want them to perish but wants to restore His relationship with them and have fellowship with them.
Scripture: Romans 5:8
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“Christ’s atonement fully satisfied the demands of God’s righteousness, so forgiveness and mercy are guaranteed to those who receive Christ in humble, repentant faith.”
— John F. MacArthur Jr.
Mike Leake of Crosswalk defines “atonement” and why it is necessary. Check out his article for valuable insights on this topic.