Atonement Q & A by Shai Linne

Shai Linn is a Christian hip-hop artist who has an incredible knack for what some call lyrical theology.  This is a version of what used to be called a catechism–a series of questions and answers to teach young people and new Christians doctrinal truth.  This is amazing….

Verse 1

Who is God? God is the universe’s Creator
And Sustainer plus the only Savior, there is no one greater
He triune, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, absolute
Loving, sovereign and righteous are a few of His attributes

How do we know this? Well, we know this from the Bible
Where God has revealed Himself- anything else is just an idol

What’s the Bible about? Man’s complete ruin in sin
And what God has done in Christ to bring us to Him again

What is sin? Sin is the breaking of God’s law
Plus our condition, which means from birth we all got flaws

What’s the result? The result is by nature we’re God’s enemies
And must pay the penalty unless God provides the remedy

What the remedy? The remedy is the cross of Christ
Where He suffered all the strikes for the lawless type
I’ve been rescued by the Lamb, I’m convinced that He’s risen
And blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven!

Chorus

Just fall back, and with the eyes of faith
Behold the beauty of surprising grace
Because the Lamb has died, third day He had to rise
He’s magnified- God’s wrath is satisfied

Just fall back- there’s an atonement now
The cross of Christ is holy ground
Because the Lamb has died, third day He had to rise
He’s magnified- God’s wrath is satisfied

Verse 2

Regeneration– the Holy Spirit’s true work in His love
To the elect, who receive new birth from above

Expiation– expiation means God’s removed my filthiness
The old testament type was the goat into the wilderness

Redemption– we’ve been freed from slavery to sin
And His very own blood is the price He paid, my friend

Propitiation– Propitiation means since the Lamb has died
His work is finished- God’s wrath is satisfied

Adoption– adoption means God is now my Father
I got the hottest Poppa and by the Spirit holler Abba

Reconciliation means there’s no more enmity
God is now a friend to me, we’re no longer enemies

Justification– God declares us righteous
Sanctification– we’re being made into His likeness
Glorification– that’s what happens at the finish
When God conforms believers perfectly to Christ’s image!

Verse 3

God’s grace is magnificent, He slayed His innocent
Son- through faith and repentance we get the benefits

What is faith? Faith is a gift from God- when we receive this
We trust and treasure the person and finished work of Jesus

Repentance? Repentance is turning from your sin
And trusting Christ as the Spirit cleanses you within

What is grace? Oh, grace is unmerited favor
Our inheritance major ‘cause we cherish the Savior
Right, and if I may quote again, we were doomed with Satan
But believers get Jesus’ righteousness through imputation

Imputation? God takes Jesus’ righteousness amount
Through faith He credits it into the Christian’s account

Anything else? Well, I guess this overview must suffice
But none of this is possible apart from union with Christ
And finally, once you know the ways of the Lord than the
only thing that you can say is Soli Deo Gloria!

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