“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

LIGHT FOR NOW: All have been made fit for salvation by what Jesus did even though all are not saved.

We have seen that the word reconciliation in the above text is actually the word propitiation because etymologically it is the Greek word hilaskomai which is a word used for propitiation; the act of propitiation, that is, to make propitiation. Hence, the King James Version wrongly used the word reconciliaition there because as we have seen, reconciliation does not deal with sins but estranged relation, it is propitiation that deals with sins. So instead of reading “…to make reconciliation for the sins of the people…”, you rather read it this way “…to make propitiation for the sins of the people”. Another place where the word hilaskomai was used is in the account of Luke, it reads “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:9-14).

The word “merciful” in the text above (Luke 9:13) was translated from the Greek word hilaskomai. In this parable, the publican said “…be propitiated to me a sinner”. He is in the temple where sacrifices are offered. He was not looking to heaven; he looked on the sacrifice. Note the publican’s disposition before God, such that it can be reckoned with, that the attitude (not the lifting of his head) is an act of reliance on the sacrifice. This is significant of the place of mercy which is the hilaskomai. He sought the mercy of God in place of the self-confidence of the Pharisee. Again, this shows you the love of God, what Jesus did in his sacrifice for us was a demonstration of his love for us; so that propitiation in salvation is love motivated; Jesus is our propitiation. He is the perfect sacrifice and offering for sin. Therefore, the text of 1John 2:2 was to show that Jesus is the satisfaction for sin for the whole world. Again, this does not refer to the fact that all men are saved as a man has to receive that which has been done by Jesus. The work of Jesus is such that it was done for the world, yet a man has to receive by believing what he did. Salvation thus is not automatic upon all, though it has been made available for all. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You have been perfected forever by the sacrifice of Jesus; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you for the cross Lord, thank you for the price you paid in which I’ve been saved by faith in that price, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: What Jesus did in his sacrifice makes everyone fit to be saved and not that everyone is saved.


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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