As I sat in the quietness of the early morning, I began to pray and ask God what I should write about today. Many good things came to mind, but two words stuck out, and God kept bringing me back to them. I don’t know who needed to understand the meaning of these words, but God told me to write what He said…so here goes….
The words were Justified and Atonement. As a kid growing up in the church, I should have been clear on their meaning, but these two words stumped me! Then one day, my daddy preached a sermon on these two words, and I have been clear on their meaning ever since.
My dad was a simple man…not highly educated. He had no degrees nor titles behind his name. BUT…when it came to Scripture, he had the best teacher ever…it was God Almighty! He used to pray for hours, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to lead him in all Truth. He prayed for clarity and asked that his illustrations would cause the simplest person to understand the grace of God.
I Googled the following two words, and here is what I found…
Justified means: – Declared or made righteous in the site of God
Atonement means: – the reconciliation of God through Jesus Christ
My dad put it into even simpler terms. He said, “When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are justified…or made to be, ‘Just as if we’d never sinned’. That is how God the Father sees us if we’ve been washed in the Blood of Jesus. We are made right through His righteousness!”
His explanation for the word, Atonement, was just as simple. He said, “When Jesus shed His blood for our sins on the cross of Calvary, He became the sacrifice and our acceptance of His gift of salvation through that shed blood is what gives us atonement. When God Almighty looks at us through the blood of His Son, Jesus, we are ‘at one ment’ with Him. He no longer sees our sins, for they have been atoned… appeased… forgotten… washed clean by the blood of His Son!
If you were unsure before about the meaning of these words, this has hopefully given you clarity.
Justified + Atonement = GRACE