Propitiation

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

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

Propitiation, atonement, and sacrifice, these three words are connected. The lamb or the person who is set aside to become the sacrifice, to be an atonement for our sins. God has set Jesus Christ aside as the propitiation, he was sacrificed on the cross (alter), as the atonement for our sins. But the propitiation is sent for the whole world, and Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. "1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 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." We all know that the whole world is not saved. We have to know how will we fit in this picture so that we may be saved. "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. So, justified person was a sinner, but is converted and now he is righteous person. Here, this person is converted by the grace of God, and it is the redemption in Jesus Christ. So, in order to fit the picture, we must be redeemed by Jesus Christ. Verse 25 says that God forbears, that is, God is waiting for his conversion to be complete, so that God may forgive the sins that he has committed, to show that God is righteous. This righteous person will believe or have faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

"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. 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." The begotten Son of God is the resurrected Jesus Christ. Verse 9 as well as Acts 3:26 say that God has sent Jesus Christ to the world so that he will remove our sins and transgressions, and we will live through him. Verse 10 confirms that this action of union that Jesus Christ live in us, and we live through him is the function of propitiation. That is, he became a sacrifice so that he can become a part of us, since we will participate in his life, the ritual ceremony is eating his body and drinking his blood in communion with him. This is propitiation.

A few links if you are interested in the topic. Links are: "Sins Forgiven", "Atonement", "Justified", "Reconciled." Thank you.

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