Merits of the Atonement
By Rev. Leslee Bailey

Every Blessing we receive from God, including divine healing, comes through the merits of the atonement (Romans
5:11; James 1:16- 17).

"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the
atonement" (Romans 5:11). Among other things, the word atonement means: "to forgive or cancel, appease,
cleanse, disannul, be merciful, pacify, pardon, purge, put off, reconcile." The atonement provides salvation for all
humans alike. God who made all things said that "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to
his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6). God promised that "whosoever shall
call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved" (Romans 10:12-13). God has received the atonement, "And to a voice from heaven, saying, this is
my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17). If we but receive it, the work is done.

"Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:16-17). Healing is included in our
salvation because healing is on the same basis as forgiveness of sins. "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the
elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another and pray
one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James

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