Propitiation

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

“My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” ~1 John 1:8- 2:2

It is hard to admit we are sinners sometimes. I would like to be perfect, but alas, I have to wait until heaven for that! But if we say that we don’t sin, we are calling God a liar, for He says in the Bible that all have sinned- “as it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one;” ~Romans 3:10  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Romans 3:23

Romans 3:24-25 continues~ “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;”  When Jesus died on the cross, He died to pay for all the sins committed- past, present and future.

Propitiation- what does this mean? It means satisfaction, the debt is paid in full, the relationship between God and man is reconciled. And 1 John 2:2 states that everyone’s sins are already paid for, satisfied- the whole world has already been paid for. However, the gift of forgiveness must be accepted and received, otherwise it is null and void.

Every single time I mess up, I am forgiven! Some people may not grant me forgiveness, but God always does. 🙂

♫ ♪ How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only Son, and make a wretch His treasure! ♪ ♫ ♪

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