Atonement, Reconciliation, Propitiation, Sanctification, and Justification.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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In English Bible there are many created words, which do not reveal their meaning unless it is explained. I do not know why it was made that way. For an example, the word baptism; in my language bible, it is bathing; or it is to take a bath. In English Bible, the word is baptism; the word will not reveal the meaning by itself, and someone must tell us what baptism means. False preachers make use of such situations, to promote false doctrine. False doctrines are from the devil. So, I am trying to give the true biblical meaning of such words, so that we may not be deceived by false preachers.

Restoration, reconciliation, Atonement, Covenant, Consecration, and Sanctification.

God wants people to live in obedience to him, which is righteous life. God wants them to live as holy as he is holy; that is to be heavenly minded. This is what he calls a perfect life. God chose the people of Israel for this purpose and implemented this system on them. When they disobey him, God's wrath was upon them, and the bond between God and his people was broken. In order to bring them back together as before, which is to restore their relationship; by the way, it is reconciliation, that they are in peace with each other as before. For that, God told them to do certain things. For example, God told them to sacrifice an animal. The animal that is sacrificed for the forgiveness of sins, is the atonement. The ram that is to be sacrificed, is set apart, cleaned, and so on, and the process is consecration. "Exodus 29:31 ... thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and seethe (cook) his flesh in the holy place. 32 And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: (here, the atonement is the meat and the bread; they are consecrated and sanctified; the people must eat them in order to be consecrated and sanctified). Continue 33, but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. Please notice, here the covenant and the reconciliation were between God and Israel. Others have no part in it. So, they were not allowed to participate in the atonement. Further, how they become holy? The sacrifice became atonement and holy by ceremony, and people were made holy by eating the sacrifice; and that is ceremony. So, they were made holy by ceremony, but not in life. 36 And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement:..." Why every day? Because, they were not made holy in life, so they sin every day, and made atonement every day. God the Father did not like this repeated routine of sinning. Animal sacrifice could not take the sins away. Jesus Christ became a man, in order to change this covenant to establish another. He removed the animal sacrifice and gave himself as the sacrifice. It was not to save the life of the animals from being killed, but to change the repeated sinning of his people.

The Old Testament was the shadow of things of the New. Hebrews 9: says, "12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Here God says that how much superior is the sacrifice of Jesus, comparing to the animal sacrifices. His sacrifice will purge the dead works. What is it? It is to do the ceremony of sacrifice and to obey God ceremonially. Religious people do that. But, how to serve the living God? Walk in the life that he has commanded us to walk. Only spiritual and godly people can and will do that. The old covenant was between God and Israel. The sinners provide the sacrifices. But in the New Testament, Jesus Christ "gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father." It is in Galatians 1:4. "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." It is in 1 John 2:2. Gospel of John 1:29 "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." So, it applies to the entire world, but not to Christians only. In the old testament, people provided for the atonement; both sacrifice and things they do. But here, God provided the atonement, both sacrifice and propitiation. The master sacrificed himself. Instead of telling us not to sin anymore; the master takes away our sinning from us, as a scapegoat, which is the propitiation. So, both are done by the master, instead of by the sinner. But, this new covenant of God, is offered to the entire world, but not limited to Christians only. For the last 2000 plus years, this atonement is available to all, who like to escape sinning and the evil of the world. If we are for it, then we are in it. Please listen to this. It is very important. God did not choose a family called Christians, as he chose the family of Israel for himself and called them as the people of God. Here, anybody who want to escape sinning, to escape from doing the evils of this world, and to call out for God; then God will choose them as his own. This group belongs to Jesus Christ and they are the true Christians. They are redeemed by the sacrifice and the propitiation of Jesus Christ.

"Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." The begotten Son of God is the resurrected Jesus Christ. Verses 9, John 3:16, Acts 3:26, and Hebrew 9:28 say that God sent Jesus Christ to the world so that he will remove our transgressions and sins, and we will live through him. Verse 10 confirms that this Jesus Christ is the propitiation. Propitiation is not a common word, and so I looked up in my Tamil bible and in Webster dictionary for the meaning. Webster dictionary says; "The scapegoat, as defined in the Book of Leviticus, is a propitiation." Scapegoat in book of Leviticus, is propitiation. It is Jesus Christ, in the new testament.

Sanctified, and Saved.

Sanctified means made free from sin or made pure. Jesus prays to the Father in John 17:17, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." Jesus Christ makes us pure, or sanctifies us by the word of God, cleaning us with his word, as washing in water. "Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," Cleaning with the word refers to our obeying the word of God. "Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." If we are sanctified, that is if we have become pure without sin, then we will inherit the kingdom of God. "Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." So, the true ministry of God is not to manage a religious church, but to keep the people acceptable to God, by keeping them sanctified. "Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost." Here it says that we must be the minister of Jesus Christ, and minister of the gospel. Jesus Christ tells us to teach what he has commanded and tell people to obey the commandments as the gospel. If we obey them, we will be sanctified, then we will be forgiven our past sins by his blood, and then we inherit heaven. "1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: The 'Will' of God is that we keep our life sanctified and it is our responsibility to verify it and to keep it. Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach." It is the Lord who prepares the foundation for our sanctification by giving his life, but we must follow him to keep our sanctification.

 Reconciled, and Justification.

It is strange that the word 'justification' is used by false preachers a lot more than others. They say that God calls you 'just' while you are not 'just' and so on, and Christians believe this nonsense. But God is TRUTH. He will never call unrighteous as righteous or sinning as 'just'. Yet they preach this lie. Christians swallow this lie with desire, since it gives them big support to keep their pleasurable sins. And they claim that they are saved. But, according to the Bible, God converts an evil person to be a good person, and calls the good person as a just person, and this is called justification, or justify the person.

The word 'justified' have two meanings. Mostly churches say, "Come, God will accept you as you are, and you are justified." But God converts people to do good, then only they are righteous, and they are qualified to inherit heaven. Romans 5: says, "9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Jesus washes all unrighteousness by his blood, and call that justified.) 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. If we are justified, then no more wrath of God, and we are reconciled with the Father. As we are converted, we will be saved by living the life of Christ. "Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" In verse 24, justified means to make a person just (righteous), but not to call a filthy evil person as just. This person is converted by the grace of God, and it is the redemption in Jesus Christ. Verse 25 says that God forbears, that is, God is waiting for his conversion to be complete. The conversion is done by propitiation; that is to let the sinning root of addiction be taken away by the scapegoat, who is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who is in the Spirit. When the sinning is removed, God forgives their past sins by the blood of Jesus. Now this person is saved.

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