“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 sacrifice of Jesus is what made propitiation available.
We have come to see clearly that the word propitiation used in the above text is the Greek word “hilasmos” and it refers to the offering, the sacrifice that brought about the propitiation itself (that is, the hilasterion). In other words, the hilasterion wouldn’t have been possible without the hilasmos; it took the hilasmos to bring about the hilasterion. What we are saying in essence is that the propitiation would not have been possible without the offering or it took the offering (that is, the sacrifice) to bring about the propitiation. The hilasmos is for all but the hilasterion is not automatic upon all. So John here as we have seen was referring to the offering, sacrifice and he calls that Jesus Christ the righteous. Recall, the word “whole” implies all together; complete. In essence, John in context was saying that: The sacrifice off Jesus for sins is for the whole world. Now, in John’s gospel, let us observe what he said about the sins of the world; John 1:29 reads “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”. Here in John 1:29, John recorded that John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God; again, referring to his offering, that is, his sacrifice for sins.
With that analysis carried out on 1John 2:1-2, let’s contextually analyse 1John 4:10 and 14. In 1John 4:10 and 14, John says “Herein is love, not that we love 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 savior of the world”. Here in verse 10 of 1John 4, John says, just like he said in 1John 2:1-2 that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. The question we aim to answer contextually at this point as the study advance is: Who are the “our” referred to by the writer? Reading 1John 4 in context will help in bringing the answer to the above question in context, and this we will do in our subsequent studies bringing to the fore the contextual analysis of 1John 4:10 and 14 and this examination will make 1John 2:1-2 clearer and understandable in a more didactic fashion. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Follow through the study carefully.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Context is key and king in bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1