“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” 1John 2:1-2
LIGHT FOR NOW: Bible study demands critical excavation of details.
We will begin our study this month by investigating into the subject of propitiation. We aim to answer and clarify in a detailed fashion as possible what propitiation is and what it has to deal with. It is important to note firstly that the concept of propitiation is a vital part of salvation because the term is a salvation related terminology.
This means that outside salvation, we can’t talk of propitiation because salvation makes it what it is. The question this study will bring to the fore is, what then is propitiation? In Greek etymology, the word propitiation has three Greek words from which the English words “propitiation” was translated from and as we advance into the study, these three Greek words will be critically examined one after the other.
John is the author of the above epistle, and John says in verse 1 of chapter 2 “my little children…” Who was John referring to by saying “my little children”? It is important to know those he was referring in this category as “my little children”. It is important to note at this point that John’s first epistle was not addressed to anyone in particular unlike 2nd John which was addressed to the elect lady and her children and 3rd John which was addressed to Gauis (2John 1:1 and 3John 1:1 are the reference text here). Observe also, that every time John talked about believers in 1John, he was specific;
1John 2:12-13: He wrote to little children (same thing in our key text above).
1John 2:13: He wrote to the fathers.
1John 2:13: He wrote to young men.
1John 2:12-13 reads “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father”.
Now the terminologies John used above (little children, young men, father) in his first epistles were descriptive terminologies for believers. Meaning, all those terms John used were not for unbelievers but for believers. Thus, this shows to us firstly that 1John 2:1-2 was to the believers. This we will let us know as the study advances that propitiation is not automatic upon all though the sins of the world has been propitiated for. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Study patiently.
PRAYER: I declare focused attention over my mind as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen!!
QUOTE: Critical examination of details is a pre-requisite to arrive at proper bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2