“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” 1John 4:10, 14
LIGHT FOR NOW: The offering and propitiation is only effective for those who have believed the gospel.
We have come to see clear without an iota of doubt that the term “little children” used by John in 1John 2:1-2 was in reference to those who have believed that Jesus is the Christ; that he came in the flesh which is the gospel. Don’t also forget that there was a separation between those John referred to as “the world” (the unbelieving ones) and “the children of God” (the believing ones). From our investigation so far, we can now rightly draw the inference that Jesus’ death and sacrifice for sins is for the world (John 12:46-47; 1John 2:2). That offering and propitiation is, however, effective only for those that believe the gospel. In other words, the death and sacrifice of Jesus did not automatically save everyone even though it made salvation available for everyone. All are fit to be saved by what Christ did but not all are saved because all have not believed in what Christ did. The offering and propitiation is available for all but not effective in all because the offering and propitiation is only effective in those that have believed the gospel.
Hence, John the writer of the epistle where the texts were quoted made a clear distinction between the children of God (those who have believed in the gospel) and those who do not believe in the gospel of Christ. Still in this line of explanation on the subject of propitiation,
Paul in chapter 3of Romans used anotherGreek word which is the word hilasterion, it reads “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:25). Recall, John in his epistle above (1John 4:10, 14 and 1John 2:1-2) was “hilasmos” which refers to the offering; the sacrifice. Paul in the above text (Romans 3:25) uses the word “propitiation” which was translated from the Greek word hilasterion which refers to the propitiation itself. Recall that John in his epistles where he uses hilasmos makes it clear that the hilasmos (propitiation) deals with sins, hence, he says “…he is the propitiation for our sins…” Similarly, Paul uses hilasterion and shows us that it dealt with sins “…propitiation, for the remission of sins”. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Ponder carefully as you study.
PRAYER: My eyes are opened up to the realities Jesus’ finished work has made available for me, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus’ propitiation is not for him but for us.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1