|Posted by pastorsloan on April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM|
whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. (Romans 3:25, ESV)
Propitation is a word that has fallen out of favor these days. Too bad. It's a great word with a great meaning behind it. Propitiation means to appease an offended person. Who is the offended person in the relatioship between God and man? God is. Why is He offended? Because we are sinners, and offense to His holiness. Because of this we are objects of God wrath. But just as Paul puts it Jesus was put forward by God - the offended party - to satisfy His own wrath toward us. What amazing lengths and heights God goes to in order to put us in good standing with Him. AND WE DON'T DESERVE IT. How awesome! We are the offenders, but God does the work to restore the relationship. And He does so in such a way that His wrath is satisfied forever.
"'The doctrine of the propitiation is precisely this that God loved the objects of His wrath so much that He gave His own Son to the end that He by His blood should make provision for the removal of this wrath... (John Murray, The Atonement, p.15)
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