The Importace of Understanding Propitiation


Sin elicits the wrath of God, sin is absolutely foreign to God’s nature. He is all holy, when sin comes near to God, it is something that angers him.

Listen with me as I read to you some New Testament passages.

Romans 1:16-21

16* ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
17* For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”
18* For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19* ¶ because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20* For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
21* For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Ephesians 5:3-6

3* ¶ But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
4* and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
5* For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6* Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Colossians 3:5-7

5* ¶ Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
6* For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
7* and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.

The wrath of God is against sin. And that wrath will occasionally be manifested in our current times as God puts His foot down and draws the line and says I will allow sin to go no further and what it’s doing to siege the earth.

The wrath of God will be revealed most fully when Jesus comes again and there will be the permanent judgment. The Bible says that those who know the Lord will of course go to live with Him and yet at the same time others will be cast into a place that the Bible calls in the original language Gehenna.

God’s wrath is not like man’s wrath because – Number 1, it is always judicial. It is the wrath of the all perfect judge being administered in judgment.

Listen to Rom.2:5

5* But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

God’s judgment and the wrath that will come from is going to be righteous.

Secondly – God’s wrath is going to be something that men or women choose for themselves.
Ephesians 5:6 says “… the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”—the ones who choose that.

People will be lost because they choose to sin. And when I choose to sin, then the wage of that sin is death. Romans 6:23 tells me and that death literally means a separation from God and it can be an eternal separation from God.

And that illustrates the problem we all have because Romans 3:23 says, all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Man is in a terrible state.

And that’s where the word “Propitiation” comes in.

You see God doesn’t want to see a single one of us suffer from His wrath, so God has made available another choice for man.

John 3:36

36* “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Romans 5:8,9

8* But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9* Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

When I choose to believe in Jesus, when choose to obey the gospel, when I come up from the waters of baptism as a Christian and follow the Lord, I’m saved from God’s wrath.

Propitiation literally means to deflect wrath. It literally means to let it bounce off. In another form the word was used to define a shield that a warrior would take into battle. Jesus deflected our wrath. He is our propitiation.

1 Jn. 2:1

2* and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

This is something very special. He was the shield, he was the deflector of wrath for my sin and your sin, for the sins of the whole world.

Romans 3:24 – 26

24* being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25* whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
26* for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

1 Jn. 4:10

10* In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Jesus not only paid my debt to God, He shields me from the wrath that God is aiming at my sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21

21* He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The one who had no sin became sin. He took the wrath. He deflected it away so that you and I could live.

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