Propitiation (defined) – Romans 3:21-26

Propitiation (defined) – Romans 3:21-26

Propitiation (defined) – Romans 3:21-26

 

When a person reads the Bible, it is important to understand the meaning of the words, so comprehension of the text is understood.  Let us look at the word “propitiation.”

 

Webster (1828) defines the word propitiation: “The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious.” Webster (1828) does a great job defining the word propitiation. 

 

Let us read the word “propitiation” in the Authorized King James Version (AKJV). “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 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; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26 AKJV). “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:1-2 AKJV). “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10 AKJV).

 

All mankind is a sinner and deserves to be punished in Hell for all eternity separated from God. However, God loves all mankind and wants not one person to go to Hell: “who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:4-6 AKJV). 

 

Sin needs to be dealt with, and this is the very reason the Son of God was revealed in the flesh. Jesus Christ was revealed in the flesh to become sin for all of mankind: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21 AKJV). The wrath of God has been appeased through Jesus Christ's death payment for sin, burial, and resurrection. The Bible says that if there is no shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22 AKJV). Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins, and not only our sins but the entire world. Jesus Christ is a satisfied sacrifice for sin. Jesus Christ's death payment for sin appeases God the Father’s judgment on sin. 

 

The resurrection is proof God the Father is satisfied with Jesus Christ's propitiation for sin. If God the Father is not satisfied with the death payment of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ does not resurrect; however, Jesus Christ has resurrected from the grave! “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:6 AKJV). 

 

The work of Jesus Christ has obtained eternal redemption for us all. “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 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. 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: 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?” (Hebrews 9:11-14 AKJV) Purge your conscience of dead works (rituals, sacraments, traditions of men, and works) and believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Jesus Christ said: “IT IS FINISHED!” I believe Him. I believe Jesus Christ is my satisfied sacrifice for sin. He is my propitiation. Do you believe Jesus Christ is your propitiation? Do you believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

 

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, documented in the scriptures alone, so, God receive the glory alone!

 

THE PLAN OF SALVATION - THE GOSPEL

 

The Gospel is Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins (past, present, and future), He was buried, and He resurrected the third day to show us the payment for sin is paid in full.  

  • I Corinthians 15:1-4: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

God loves you. Lord Savior Jesus Christ was revealed in the flesh for one reason, and that is to save us from our sins.  Jesus Christ does not come to condemn individuals.  Jesus Christ comes to save us because we are all Hell doomed sinners without the Blood of Jesus Christ. 

  • John 3:16-18:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

 

All individuals are sinners. The payment for sin is death. 

  • Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

  • Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Christ died for your sin and resurrected for you.

  • II Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

  • I Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

If you believe in Christ alone, you receive eternal life.

  • John 6:47: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

  • I John 5:13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

If you could be saved by being water baptized, doing good works, being a good person or following the Ten Commandments, why did (the God from Eternity Past, the God from Eternity Future) the Ever Presence Jesus Christ reveal Himself in the flesh and die on the Cross and resurrect the third day?  

  • Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

If you could earn salvation by doing those things, then Jesus Christ died in vain. However, Jesus Christ didn’t die in vain. Jesus Christ made a perfect sacrifice for sin. He is the Lamb of God, and only the Lamb of God can make a perfect sacrifice for sin. There is only one way to Heaven, and it is the belief in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.

  • Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  • Philippians 3:9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

  • Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

  • Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

The resurrection is proof God the Father accepted Jesus Christ death payment for sin -death payment of past, present, and future sin.  

 

People DO NOT go to Hell because they are “bad.” People go to Hell because they believe NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People trust NOT in Jesus Christ as their Savior. People believe NOT Jesus Christ died on the Cross for their sins, burial, and resurrection. People do NOT trust alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. 

  • II Thessalonians 1:8-9: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

 

Know that God is gracious to you, and He has already died for all your sins (past, present, and future), He was buried showing all the world He died for your sins, and He resurrected showing all the world that Jesus Christ fulfilled what the Father asked Him to do: IT IS FINISHED!  

 

I pray you to believe in Jesus Christ right now for salvation -believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sin, burial, and resurrection. Trust alone in Jesus Christ as your Savior. 

 

If you know someone who is not saved, forward this message to them and share the greatest gift that one could ever receive. 

 

REFERENCE: 

Scofield, C.I. (1967). The New Scofield Reference Bible: Holy Bible: Authorized King James Version. New York: Oxford University Press. 

 

Webster, Noah. (1828). American Dictionary of the English Language. San Francisco, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education. 

 

Lance Edminster

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