“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: The need for faith in Christ for salvation is an indicator that the propitiation is not automatic.
In the above epistle of John where we are taking a lead into the subject of propitiation, we began investigating into some details. We have seen that when John spoke of the advocacy and propitiation (in verse 1 and 2), he identifies with his audience and this is indicated by the use of the pronouns “we” and “our”. This was done by John to show that he belongs to category of those who have believed the gospel. Hence, we deduced that the propitiation which is the fact of the advocacy is effective for or in those that have believed the gospel. But there seem to be a contradiction to this deduction from the next statement that implies that Jesus is the propitiation of the sins of the whole world. If the propitiation which is a fact of the advocacy is effective in the believing ones, why will John say Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world? Is this not contradictory? Couldn’t this mean that the propitiation is automatic? We ended our previous study with thoughts to ponder upon which are:
If the propitiation is automatic, what is the need for faith in Christ?
If the propitiation is automatic, what is the need for preaching the gospel?
If the propitiation of Jesus is automatic upon all and we’ve seen that it is in salvation we have propitiation, it will thus mean that salvation is automatic upon all. And if salvation is automatic upon all, then they should be no need for preaching the gospel since all are already saved.
Hence, part of our investigation in this study which is key in this studies is to critically examine those texts of scriptures (beginning from our above key text) that if not carefully interpreted grammatically and contextually, it could appear to mean that all Jesus did in his death, burial and resurrection is automatic upon all; salvation is automatic because since Jesus died to save all then all are saved, but no, this is not true. Yes, Jesus died for all. Yes salvation is for all and made available for all. Yes, the propitiation or the advocacy office of Jesus in salvation is for all, but is it actually all or is it actually effective in all? Why the preaching of the gospel if all is already saved? Why do we go out on evangelism getting the unsaved saved if everybody is already saved? Let’s pay attention to details as the study unbundles. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Keep this in your mind that as far as bible study is concerned “pay attention to details”.
PRAYER: I declare that the zeal and driving force to be continually focused on your word is ignited in me now more than ever, in Jesus Name, Amen!
QUOTE: Bible study without paying attention to details is no bible study at all.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2PETER CHAPTER 3