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Friday | 25 May 2018
Propitiation

‘Propitiation’ is a merciful action of offering, made by God, by which He is able to destroy sin, remove man’s guilt, and then break down the barrier of shame that sin has interposed, or set, between God and man. This barrier of shame includes the projections that people tailor for themselves to cover the nakedness of their identity, which results from their endeavours to create an image for themselves. This is the consequence of living by the other law. It is also the reason why the sons and daughters of men are unable to fulfil the command to love the Lord their God and to love their neighbour as themselves. As the other law is cut from a person’s heart through the circumcision of Christ, the barrier of shame is removed. Propitiation then reconnects mankind to God by giving Christ’s own sinless life to those who believe in His love for them.

In the Old Covenant, propitiation was achieved, in type, through the sprinkling of the blood of bulls and goats. On behalf of the people, a priest sprinkled the blood seven times on the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant. The necessity to make yearly atonement for their sins, through the shedding of the blood of bulls and goats, however, highlighted the inadequacy of this Old Covenant priestly work. The shedding of the blood of bulls and goats certainly atoned for the sins of the people. In fact, Paul said that it ‘sanctified for the purifying of the flesh’. It could not, however, change the fleshly, self-centred motivations of a person’s heart.

The New Covenant is not like the Old Covenant. Christ did not offer Himself on behalf of mankind so that they would have a more enduring legal acceptance before God. His blood was not merely ‘better’ than the blood of bulls and goats. He established a new covenant that operates on a completely different basis from that of the Old Covenant.


Further Study:
Hebrews 10
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 25

References:

Heb 9:8-9, 13-14
(8) The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, (9) which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience.
(13) For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, (14) how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 10:11
Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

Rom 3:23-25
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; (25) 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.

Jer 31:31-32
"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, (32) not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD.

Rom 7:23 NKJV
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
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