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Where does the atonement began and is it finish with, since Jesus died on the cross? 

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As I understand it the atonement began when Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world 

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

and the atonement was finished on the cross 

Rom 5:8 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.

part of the atonement is interceeding for others.  Isaiah 53:12 "And made intercession for the transgressors."  That intercession is still going on today in the lives of His followers and in the life of Jesus.  Also He has an unchangeable priesthood.  "But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood."  Hebrews Ch 7 Vs 24  Hebrews 7:25  "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."  The atonement continues forever, yet God's people will be saved from sin and its effects some day soon. an older pastor at least once said At-One-Ment.  Where we are made At One with God.

The atonement began in heaven when Lucifer started to rebel.  The good angels and God tried to win them to God's side.  Thus the atonement began.  When there was a rebel there was a problem solver- Jesus Christ.  I recommend you read the origin of evil in "The Great Controversy."

I am-  Jesus the self-existent One.

Happy Sabbath and thank you for reply but the atonement is not something to do with offering sacrifice for sin?

if not what does atonement means 

The atonement has a lot to do with the sacrifice for sins.  Read 1 John 4:10 Propitiation is the same thing as sacrifice or atonement.  Look up the word propitiation my bible reads propitiation in 1 John 4:10.

I hope this helps prayers.

Andrew

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Happy Sabbath and thank you for helping me to understand

One of the more unpopular views held by SDAs is that Christ’s atonement involves TWO distinct parts.

But the ceremonial "figure" does show/ teach that all the sins of God’s people are dealt with TWICE. I will try to offer a brief explanation.

Atonement, Part One.

In the ceremonial "figure", the first part of the atonement was made when a guilty person presented their offering, confessed their sin, and transferred their guilt to the animal. The penitent would slay the victim with their own hand, and then, "the [common] priest shall make an atonement for him, and it (his sin) shall be forgiven him" (Lev 4:31).

But was this the ONLY atonement that was made for that specific sin?

No, the work of atonement did not stop there. Even though the man had gained forgiveness on the day of the offering [full and complete forgiveness!], he knew that his sin was to be dealt with a SECOND time.

The atonement was not yet complete.

If forgiveness was gained in the first or the second month, the Israelite knew only too well that the final atonement, and complete cleansing, could not be had until the seventh month. This is the clear teaching of the ceremonial illustration.

Atonement, Part Two.
On every day of the year, atonements were made between God and man. (Lev 4:20,26,31,35 etc.)

But the 10th day of the 7th month was the Day of [final] Atonement. The purpose of that Day is explained in the words –

"on that day shall the [High] Priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord." (Lev 16:30)

"On that day", and not until that day, the High Priest made a final atonement for His forgiven people, and cleansed them from “all their sins” before the Lord.

But prior to this, were the people clean from any of their sins?
No, prior to this, the people were not regarded as “clean”. The express purpose of the Day of Atonement was to bring about the cleansing from "all" their sins.

The High Priest was “to make an atonement for the children of Israel FOR ALL THEIR SINS once a year.” (Lev 16:34.) On the 10th day of the 7th month this took place.

Here, the term, “all their sins”, meant all their sins that had been confessed and forgiven up to that point. All their forgiven sins were now to be retrospectively and FINALLY atoned for [blotted out] in the special events of the Day of Atonement. By God’s design, it was only then that the final work could be accomplished. Only then could the people be declared “clean” from all their sins before the Lord.

If we accept that these ceremonial "figures/pictures" point us to the reality, then I suggest that the principles involved here are important.

thank you for sharing 

your info help me to understand more

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