21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
I have been unable to get this word out of my head as of late. PROPITIATION. What the heck does that even mean. Webster’s defines the word as – The act of propitiating, something that propitiates; specifically an atoning sacrifice.
I don’t know about you but defining words using the word makes me crazy. So here is what I can tell you about propitiation.
In his pursuit of Helen, the King of Sparta, King Menelaus amassed his navy and set out for Troy. On the ships were virgins that were brought to sacrifice to the wind gods for expedient and save travel. There is no indication how many virgins were brought or how many were sacrificed. What is known or not known as the case may be is what would make the gods made and what kind of sacrifice or how many sacrifices would satisfy their anger. As a result continual sacrifices would be need to remain in good standing with the many gods that they served.
The same is not true for our God, His word tells us what we need to and not do so that He will not be angry with us. The problem that we find through His word is that we of ourselves cannot satisfy the righteous requirement of the law. The law points to our need for a Savior. And He provides us that Savior is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ who died upon a cross as THE atoning sacrifice for our sins. He is our propitiation. Jesus’ death on the cross has allowed us who believe in that sacrifice to regain favor with God, His sacrifice resolved God’s anger toward us. By belief in that atoning sacrifice God’s wrath toward us been satisfied. He is no longer angry with us AND beyond that there is nothing that we can do or will do that will make Him angry toward us again. Jesus sacrifice is and will always be enough.
As far as the east is from the west are our sins covered by Jesus’ blood. God has chosen not to remember those things that we did or do that are contrary to His law.
Thank you Father God for sending Jesus as our atoning all sufficient sacrifice. Thank you that it is finish and that you are no longer angry toward us who believe. Help us today to walk in that newest with you, to trust as the Psalms tells us that Your Mercy is from everlasting to everlasting and those who fear You. Amen!!