The Strong’s definition for propitiation is related to merciful. The word describes Jesus, through His sacrificial death, as appeasing the wrath of God. It also describes Him as a covering for our sin.

1 John 2:2 says, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 Peter 2:24 says, “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

Hebrews 1:3 says of Jesus, “Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when he had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Think about, ‘by the word of His power’ for a moment. John 19:30 says, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

In 1987 I was at a friend’s in Yakima WA. It was my first trip anywhere since I had fallen into the ravine. It was a memorial stone event for me. We went into a Bible book store. I bought a plaque that read: Jesus how much do You love me? And He stretched out His hands and died.”

In the days of the children of Israel, sacrifices had to be made to atone for their sins. Innocent animals had to be slain. Jesus was innocent of sin. 1 Peter 2:22 says, “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.”

Hebrews 9:24-25 explained how Jesus was not like the priests. Verse 26 says, “He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Once for all. His finished work on the cross made a way for us to have eternal life with Him. There is nothing we can add. Our part is to believe for salvation. Yet, that was only our beginning.

Our progressive sanctification is a journey that consists of steps of believing. Galatians 5:3 was a warning, one that we need to heed as well. It says, “Are you so foolish, Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?”

Verse 5 says, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” The Lord hears our thoughts. He knows them before we think of them. Does He hear faith?

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