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Propitiation…it’s a word you should know.  It’s the difference between guilty and not guilty.  It’s the difference between an eternity in heaven and an eternity in hell.

Propitiation is the word used in the Bible that means to satisfy.

 21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 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; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  – Romans 3:21-26

Our sin, which is our transgression against God’s Law, must be satisfied or else God would be unjust in forgiving sins that have not been paid for.  It would be like a judge letting a murderer go free just because they were sorry for what they did.  A judge like that would not be just and would not be good.

But if someone who is perfect, that has not transgressed the Law, pays the penalty and satisfies the judge…full reconciliation is made and the criminal that was once guilty is now not guilty.  That is our message, that is the Gospel, and that is what we need to take to the world.

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