Humans have a morbid, self-serving idea of saving ourselves. While we are at it, we esteem to save others. We cannot. Only God saves, yet we bargain, interpret and negotiate as if it is our “right.”
As long as we ourselves try to get “right with God” we rebel against the cross of Christ.
The Atonement isn’t a right or a cause. It is the greatest gift from God to all humanity; and we had nothing to do with it. The only part we have in the Atonement is to accept it as a free will, lifesaving event.
We must come to a complete place of humility, resign ourselves from ourselves becoming self-less to receive his offering. Doing so reveals the depth of our sin, and the awesomeness of his sacrifice for us.
It represents everything we are not, and everything that Jesus Christ is.
We insult God by asking him to save us. It is past-tense; done; finished. He already did it once and it need never be repeated.
Once received we should pray; pray for others. Become a “prayer warrior” in an effort to show others the cross. Hopefully this will bring them to their knees to receive Jesus for their own redemption.
Job’s captivity was turned around when he prayed for his friends.
The Atonement is your free “Get Out of Jail” card.