Atonement Christianity The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.

Word Origin & History


1510s, “condition of being at one (with others)”, from atone (q.v.). Meaning “reconciliation” (especially of sinners with God) is from 1520s; that of “propitiation of an offended party” is from 1610s.

“atonement.” Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 12 Apr. 2010. <>.

There is an old gospel song that starts off, “What can wash, away my sins… nothing but the blood of Jesus… What can make me whole again… nothing but the blood of Jesus”

What a powerful statement. It didn’t say water, it didn’t say soap… it said NOTHING but the BLOOD of our Lord and Saviour Jesus who is the Christ (That is to say “Anointed One”)

It makes me weep every single time I think about how unworthy of His love I really am… still a wretch undone…

8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, King James Version)

Jesus reconciled our sin so that we might enjoy everlasting life with the Father. Glory be to God.

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