Propitiation

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

This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA

Propitiation, atonement, and sacrifice, these three words are connected. The lamb or the person is set aside to become the sacrifice, to be an atonement for our sins. Propitiation and atonement have one difference. That is, sinners provide the sacrifice, and after the sacrifice is done they eat the sacrifice and became sanctified. But, God has set Jesus Christ aside as the propitiation, he was sacrificed on the cross (altar), as the atonement for our sins, and it is propitiation. But, the propitiation sacrifice will not be meat to eat, but it will become the High Priest and Savior, who will sanctify and save those who will obey him. This is a big difference that Christians and preachers ignore. Please read the atonement for reference in this link: "Atonement". We cannot eat the sacrifice to become holy, but we must obey the Savior.

Christians are considered privileged since Jesus Christ is our propitiation for our sins, and so there is a way out from our sins. But, they do not notice that he is the propitiation 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 we will 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, a justified person was a sinner, but is converted and now he is righteous person. 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 prove that God himself is righteous. This converted person will believe or have faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was given as propitiation to the whole world, but it will be applied after they receive the grace of God, because propitiation is the sacrifice based and standing on grace, which comes after repentance and humbleness. "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; Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 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. 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." But the English dictionary says that it is atoning sacrifice, or a sacrifice for favor. But in my language, it is a sacrifice that is based on grace. Or, we may say that it is a sacrifice that is built upon grace.

"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. Verses 9, John 3:16, and Acts 3:26 say that God has 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 action of union that Jesus Christ lives in us, and we live through him is the function of propitiation. It is not like eating the sacrificed meat, but by the work of Jesus Christ, we become one with God. 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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