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: A detailed teacher of God’s word is one who pays attention to details as he studies.

We’ve established in our previous study that part of our analysis in this study as we examine the concept of propitiation is to carefully analyse from text of scriptures as far as this study can contain that seems to suggest that salvation is automatic upon all if not carefully interpreted. Let’s delve into the subject of propitiation better. It is worthy of note that in the same first epistle of John, John in chapter 4 verses 10 and 14 says the same thing as our above key text (1John 2:1-2), it reads Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (1John 4:10, 14). Notice, the two texts (1John 2:1-2 and 1John 4:10, 14) are similar. They have the same author (John) and are found in the same letter. Firstly, let’s start by investigating grammatically into the same key words used in these texts. To start with, remember the etymology of the word “propitiation” is traced to three Greek words which we will just mention them with its etymological meaning but these words will be explored in an elaborate manner as the study advances. First, the word “propitiation” in these two epistles was translated from the Greek word “hilasmos”. The two other words in the Greek texts (that is, the New Testament) translated as propitiation is the words: “Hilaskomai” and “Hilasterion”. Let’s just have a quick view of the three words:

  • The word “Hilaskomai” is a verb, and it describes the act of propitiation that is, to propitiate.
  • The word “Hilasterion” is a noun, and it describes what has been done, that is the object of the propitiation or the propitiation itself.
  • And the word “Hilasmos” which is a noun describes the offering.

The above is the meaning of the word propitiation of its three etymological words. In our key text (1John 2:1-2), notice the author further say “…he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the world”. The next word to be in our next study is the word “world” followed by the word “sin”. Follow through as we study patiently. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Pay attention to details whenever studying.

PRAYER: The knowledge of your word floods my entire mind till nothing else matters, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: It is paying attention to details in the place of study that equals deep learning.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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