Bible Term: Atonement

In a generic sense, atonement is the act of making amends or reparation for a wrong or injury; it is to reconcile.

When considering God, atonement then becomes the action by which we are made right with him for the wrong things we have done.

Jesus provided that atonement for us when he was executed for our crimes (that is, when he died for our sins).

Prior to Jesus, in the Old Testament, the priests offered periodic sacrifices as a temporary atonement for the sins of the people.