Two Stages of Atonement. Adapted from: Roy Gane, Altar Call (Berrien Springs, MI: Diadem, 1999). Exodus 25:8. “And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them” (NRSV). Variety of Sacrifices (Leviticus 1-7).
Two Stages of Atonement
Roy Gane, Altar Call (Berrien Springs, MI: Diadem, 1999)
“And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them” (NRSV).
The multi-faceted magnificence of Christ’s sacrifice explainswhy there were different kinds of animal sacrifices at the Israelite sanctuary (Lev 1-7).
All sacrifices pointed to Christ’s sacrifice (Jn 1:29; Heb 9:25-28).
Purification Offering(so-called “Sin Offering”)
(1) For high priest or community (Lev 4:3-21): blood into “Holy Place.”
(2) For other persons (vv. 22-35): blood only on outer altar.
His blood was lifted up, not on the highest points of a ritual altar, but on the cross.
Day of Atonement Made Simple
Two Stages Of Atonement
Evils came into the Israelite sanctuary throughout the year and were taken out of it on the Day of Atonement.
What goes in must come out!
High Priest sprinkling blood on ark cover
Evils cleansed out of earthly sanctuary on Day of Atonement (Lev 16:16), clearing His reputation:
Sanctuary and God’s Reputation
In Christ, God took responsibility for forgiving guilty but repentant people.
“God’s forgiveness is not merely a judicial act by which He sets us free from condemnation. It is not only forgiveness for sin, but reclaiming from sin. It is the outflow of redeeming love that transforms the heart.
David had the true conception of forgiveness when he prayed, ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.’ Psalm 51:10.” (Ellen G. White, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 114).
“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other” (Ps 85:10; NRSV).