Propitiation (tBC030)

In this podcast (tBC030) I discuss the doctrine of Propitiation.

Wrath of God: Romans 1:18 – 3:20

Propitiation is not simply a legal pardon

Pardon:  forgiveness; the release of an offense or of the obligation of the offender to suffer a penalty, or to bear the displeasure of the offended party.

For our sin against God, propitiation is needed


  1. a) The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person;
  2. b) the atoning sacrifice offered to God to tranquilize his wrath and render him favorable to sinners

Propitiation – occurs when God’s righteous wrath is appeased or turned aside by the death of His Son on the cross.

Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men.

Romans 3:21-26 – But now we are seeing the righteousness of God declared quite apart from the Law (though amply testified to by both Law and Prophets) – it is a righteousness imparted to, and operating in, all who have faith in Jesus Christ. (For there is no distinction to be made anywhere: everyone has sinned, everyone falls short of the beauty of God’s plan.) Under this divine system a man who has faith is now freely acquitted in the eyes of God by his generous dealing in the redemptive act of Jesus Christ. God has appointed him as the means of propitiation, a propitiation accomplished by the shedding of his blood, to be received and made effective in ourselves by faith. God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past (the time when he withheld his hand), and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that he justifies every man who has faith in Jesus Christ. (Phillips)

1 John 2:1-2 – I am writing these things to you so 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 4:10 – In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Hebrews 2:17 – Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

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