He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. -2 Corinthians 5:15Notice how seamlessly Paul and Peter tie the death of Christ into the life we live as believers.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. -1 Peter 2:24
It is of course blessedly true that Christ's death results in atonement. That is fundamental and non-negotiable. Paul and Peter say just that in the immediate context of these two texts. But that's not what they say in these verses. Here they say not that Christ's death results in (the 'that' in each text is the Greek word hina--'in order that,' 'so that') living in heaven when we die but living in a heavenly way here and now. Christ's death produces something not only for us but also in us.
Not sure quite what to do with this. But I know this demands reflection in my life and theology. Maybe yours too.