“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 our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world” 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: The offering for sin was not paid by Jesus, the offering for sin was Jesus.

From our studies so far, the word “hilasmos” which John uses in 1John 4:10,14 and the above text have been investigated into. Also, we have seen and her variance of the word propitiation which is the word hilasterion which Paul uses in Romans 3:25 and the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 9:5 which was translated there as mercy seat. As we examined the word hilasterion, we’ve come to see that Jesus offered the sacrifice in heaven by sitting down at the right hand. Because of the propitiation, sin never comes between the believer and the father. Having examined hilasmos and hilasterion, lets now examine the last etymological word for propitiation which is the word hilaskomai. The word hilaskomai is another variance to the word propitiation. It means to make propitiation. This word however shows that this propitiation comes as a continuous effect.

In Hebrews chapter 2, the writer uses this word hilaskomai, it reads “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto (his) brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things (pertaining) to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). The word reconciliation in the above text (Hebrews 2:17) was translated from the Greek word hilaskomai; it is the word propitiation. Hence, Hebrews 2:17 can be understood thus: “…to make propitiation for the sins of the people”. This is because in reconciliation, it involves two people, but propitiation refers to sins. The right word in that text should be propitiation, not reconciliation as wrongly translated by the King James Version of the books of the bible. Reconciliation is not made for sin because it deals with estranged relationships. Propitiation is what deals with sin; Jesus made propitiation for sins. He did it by the sacrifice of himself. God gave his son; his son being the sacrifice for our sin. Recall, the word hilaskomai is a verb, and it describes the act of propitiation, that is to propitiate or to make propitiation. The offering or sacrifice is the hilasmos which brought the hilasterion (the propitiation itself) and that act of propitiation is the hilaskomai. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study diligently!

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus did not pay the sacrifice for sins, he himself was the sacrifice for sins.


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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