The aim of Jesus’ death and resurrection is to form the church. Jesus’ death and resurrection establish the foundation for a people conformed by the Spirit to the crucified and risen Lord, freed from the powers, united in one new man.The church is the final cause of the atonement.

Atonement theology doesn’t make sense unless it is also ecclesiology.

Or, to say the same: Atonement theology is a piece of social theory, of political theology.