I John 4:10 The Two Sides of The Meaning of Propitiation

This is the Sage II Dictionary definition of “Propitiation”

  1. “The act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)”.

We can see definition 1. could be called “atonement”.  Or to paraphrase it means to appease a god and prevent from anger and wrath.

  1. “The act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity”.

And definition 2. could be called “reconciliation”.  Or to paraphrase it means to become friends again or to establish a relationship and ending all hostilities.

“And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled”  (Colossians 1:21)

“For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”  (Romans 5:10)

I would suggest our God as we know Him is pure LOVE.  One definition sees God as angry and vengeful, and we should fear to step on His toes.  The other definition sees God as loving, kind and long-suffering, toward US.

“Come now, and let us reason together, says Jehovah; though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool”   (Isaiah 1:18)

This is “reconciliation”.  God our Father says let us sit and have a loving chat. This is a teaching moment.  Then we will put this behind us, and move on.

This is LOVE.  This is the true meaning of the word “Propitiation”.


God Is Love

1Jn 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.

1Jn 4:8  The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.

1Jn 4:9  In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.

1Jn 4:10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.

1Jn 4:11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1Jn 4:12  No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1Jn 4:13  By this we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

1Jn 4:14  And we have seen and testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

1Jn 4:15  Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God.

1Jn 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1Jn 4:17  In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, that as He is, so also we are in this world.

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love.

1Jn 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us.

1Jn 4:20  If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

1Jn 4:21  And we have this commandment from Him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.

“Therefore in all things, it behoved him to be made like His brothers, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of His people. For in that He Himself has suffered, having been tempted, He is able to rescue those who are being tempted” (Heb 2:17-18).




You Have No Need For Any Man to Teach You

“I am writing this letter about those who are trying to lead you into the wrong way. Christ gave you a special gift. You still have this gift in you. So you don’t need anyone to teach you. The gift he gave you teaches you about everything. It is a true gift, not a false one. So continue to live in Christ, as his gift taught you”.  (1Jn 2:26-27)

Christians Are Under the Compulsion of The Church

“What is inseminated (place seeds/sow into) in freedom remains (from the WORD).  But what is compulsion, this does not remain.  For what is compulsion is not from the will of man, but from the will of him who compels”. (New Jerusalem and It’s Heavenly Doctrine #143)

Example:  Who has not gone to a Protestant church and they expound the need for wonderful “Homegroups” that the leadership says should promote Christian fellowship. This is communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians, or “koinonia”. This really works.  Believers get together, break bread and form relationships.

However, it is commonly the leaderships contention that since they are the overseers of the flock, and the shepherd of the sheep they must not stray from leadership teaching and interpretation of the Bible.  You usually have to buy a text that is attached and from the previous week’s sermon.  The group home leaders are trained and closely monitored and accountable to the Pastor of their church.  They call this the parishioners “covering”.  This to me is clearly compulsion, and what is compulsion will not take root in love.

I have been on Church prayer teams in the past.  I will give you another example.  The prayer team always meet before Sunday service to pray for the service and the people.  This is a very honest and very wise kingdom principle.  This one particular Sunday we were praying and holding hands.  Suddenly the Spirit fell and each one of knew we were to pray for a cleansing of the White House.  A new American President was about to enter office.  It was as if we all were lifted up and praying in the will and the accord of heaven.  Suddenly the prayer team “leader” came in the door.  “Alright everybody settle down!”.  The cord between heaven and the church was broken.  This church “leader” was taking control and taking it in their own direction.  This is an example of compulsion.  Someone bending the will of others to bring it to themselves and what they deem proper.  This is also a form of spiritual bondage.  And this clearly is the usurping of the authority of Jesus Christ.

The Modern Christian Church is Under a System of Despotism

“The gift he gave you teaches you about everything”.  The one supreme leader or congregational leader of the local church leads to this compulsion.  We have a church institution and not a church body.  They lead and rule from a position of fear.

“Therefore I remind you to inflame anew the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”  (2Ti 1:6-7).

It is time for our Lord to be glorified and to speak from the Mercy Seat again!

Grace through Faith vs The Law in the Book of Galatians  

The modern Christian church teaches that since Jesus died on the cross, our sins are forgiven.  The blood of Jesus makes us white as snow.  If we do sin and confess our sins, Jesus in HIS righteousness will forgive us and restore us.  Through the cross, He has taken our place through the propitiation of sins.  We are justified by faith.  No longer are we under the yoke and bondage of the law.

But as any student of the Bible may discover, there seem to be many contradictory statements.  Especially in the teachings of the Apostle Paul and especially in the Book of Galatians.  This Book gives an account of what could be called the “old school religion” (Judaism), vs the “new school religion” (Christianity).  Paul had traveled this region previously and had planted churches there.  However, in his absence, the old school church had come in and won over some converts back from the new school church.  At the very least the gospel he had preached was significantly watered down.  This letter from Paul to the Galatians is an attempt to correct the errors of theology and doctrine being taught in these churches.

I would make the supposition that so much of the modern church has derived their doctrine of grace from this letter (and the Book of Romans), that they have overreached its meaning.  It must first be put in context that Paul was admonishing the errors in the old school church that had crept into the churches at Galatia.

“I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel”, (Gal 1:6)

In this verse, the gospel of the “grace of Christ”, the word grace is Strong’s definition from G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).  In other words, God in His infinite wisdom and love, blessing humankind.

“We Jews by nature, and not sinners of the nations, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ; even we believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith in Christ, and not by works of the Law. For all flesh will not be justified by works of law”. (Gal 2:15-16)

In this verse, Paul is making the argument that the Jews are no longer justified by the law, but in the new covenant of Faith in the finished work of Jesus.  The point he was making was the gentiles never partook in the Jewish faith.  Why should they go to some religion they were never a part of in the first place?.

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf”. Gal 2:20

This verse gives the impression to live by faith in the finished works of Christ.  That Paul cannot do anything apart from faith through grace.  But one has to remember that Jesus, in His agony on the cross did not take away the sins of the world, but He BORE them.  It is up to the believer to appropriate the power of the cross to overcome.  “And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).  To “Pick up the cross..” means to fight against the temptations and lusts of the flesh.  This requires a conscious and willful action.  Grace plus faith alone in the cross is not enough.

There are many other verses in Galatians which one could gain the impression that it is grace + faith + nothing (Latin; Sola Fide).  Grace and faith are wonderful gifts of the gospel but it is only one half of the equation.  “For of God we are fellow-workers, a field of God, and you are a building of God. each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is. If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward. If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire”  (1Co3:9,13-15).

“My brothers, what profit is it if a man says he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14).  It is very apparent from reading the scriptures, that we have to cooperate and participate in our salvation.

Jesus and illustrations of His commandments in the Bible

Jesus in his dissertations and teachings on the principles of His kingdom seemed to always be teaching one thing; His commandments (The Law).  These were not suggestions.  They were not friendly wisdom or psychiatric advice.  It meant obedience.  They were in the same vein and language in which He gave the ten commandments. i.e. “You shall, You shall, You shall…”.  For example;

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another” (John 13:34).

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you”,  (Mat 5:43-44)

“But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne” (Matthew 5:34).

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. (John 15:12).

“And why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments

“And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17).

In Matthew 19:17, the question then is what commandments is Christ specifically referring to that we must keep for us to “enter into life?”.  He tells us the reason He came to earth; “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).  So for us to “enter into life”, we must keep the commandments.

This leads us back to Exodus 20:6 “and showing mercy to thousands of those that love Me and keep My commandments.  The exact same words Christ used in Matthew 19:17, are used in Exodus 20:6, which is the Ten Commandants or the Decalogue.  In the two dispensations of the Jewish church and the Christian church, the commandments have not changed.  The Law is not made null and void by the cross.

So when the modern church considers the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, they consider them as null and void, outdated. Nothing could be farther from the TRUTH.  That the law is made of no effect since Jesus suffered on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world.  But in reality, just the opposite situation occurred.  When the Divine of God took on human form and came to the earth, He shined more light and illumination on the Ten Commandments (The Law).  The Ten Commandments are the sum and substance of all religion and faith.  It is the summation of all heavenly kingdom principles. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus was the Savior of the world because “they might have life”.  He took on human form and showed his creatures of creation how to find life abundant.  He showed us Himself and His Kingdom.  He showed us how to overcome the world and the flesh.  He took upon his flesh and crucified it until it became Divine.  Through His sacrifice, He freely gave in His love unto us to share in His Kingdom;

“according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge; and with knowledge self-control, and with self-control, patience, and with patience, godliness, and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love. For if these things are in you and abound, they make you be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (2 Peter 1:3-8)

The symbolism of the cross was LOVE personified.  Jesus tenderly showing how the law could be fulfilled.  The appearance of the WORD incarnate as Jesus the Christ to the earth was a monumental example to all of the universe.  It was an astonishing illustration of the LOVE and TRUTH of our Lord.

Grace and the Law are like a Pendulum

The Christian life can be compared to a pendulum.  At one side the weight swings to grace, and to the other side swings to the law.  At the very center between these two is perfect equilibrium.  This represents that the child of God is centered in Christ.  We are told to keep our focus and our eyes on Jesus.  “Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be of this mind. And if in anything you are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Yet, as to what we have already attained, let us walk in the same rule, let us mind the same thing”.  (Philippians 3:14-16).

“Therefore, holy brothers, called to be partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”, (Hebrews 3:1).

The Christian’s goal is to be always centered in the equilibrium position with Christ.  The physics of a pendulum can be compared to spiritual laws.  One swing back and forth of the weight is called a period.  If the arc of the swing is small, it is called a true period.  This represents although we are not in the complete center with Christ, we are well within His scope and control.  But wild upward swings back and forth of the weight are called an empty pendulum.  The force of the weight is such, that the momentum is always in front of the weight. This represents that we are out of control, and out of the protection and will of Christ.

What does this have to do with law and grace?  What happens when the arc of the pendulum is extremely tilted toward the law?  If the Christian depends too much on the merit of works and striving to obtain perfection, they make null and void the work of Christ.  They are like Martha, always doing busy work.  They are not like Mary who rests in the comfort and love of her Lord.  The Christian becomes an empty pendulum.

What happens when the arc of the pendulum is tilted extremely towards grace?  If the Christian depends on only the merit of Christ and His propitiation for sin, this excuses them of any responsibility.  They say grace plus faith, plus nothing.  However, they are like this verse; “And everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26).  They have not centered themselves on the TRUTH and WISDOM of the WORD.  The Christian becomes an empty pendulum.

This is why it is important for the Christian to be centered in the equilibrium position in Christ.  This is our daily goal and purpose. “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Grace & Faith and The Law Agree

The seemingly strong contradictions in Scripture regarding salvation, faith, and the law are no contradictions at all.  In fact, just the opposite is the case!.  These concepts dwell together in perfect kingdom harmony.  It could be said that The Law is TRUTH, and that grace and faith are LOVE and Mercy.  One is the steadfast unchangeable principles of God’s kingdom.  The other is the everlasting eternal LOVE and Mercy of God.  One requires obedience to kingdom principles, and the other appropriates the strength and power to live according to those principles.

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There They Are: The BE Attitudes

Matthew chapter 5

There they are:  the BE attitudes

Be empty
Be sad
Be open to outside instruction
Be dependent on His help
Be happy when things aggravate you
Be a failure for a moment until His instructions come to you

Mourn when you notice righteousness is eluding you: you are complaining.

The Rain of God is His blessings distributed for those thankful as well as those who take for granted.
His Perfections are to bless when we would naturally curse, to pray for one who just took advantage of you, to not envy someone or something you wish you could have too.

Loving your neighbor as yourself might begin with a prayer: thinking about each human interaction and your present feeling about each, singularly.
Apply His teachings to those interactions.
Any changes needed?

“Against the wind”
Perfection lies amidst the choppy stormy waters of human relationships,
Whereby we find our test to try out God’s Way

If nothing offends you, only briefly
You may be nearing perfection

Courtesy of Walter Johnson,  Eugene, Oregon


How The Kingdom of God Emanates From Heaven and Reaches His Creation on Earth

How The Kingdom of God Emanates From Heaven
and Reaches His Creation on Earth

Info-graphic by Landomart Argentina, Concept by Leslie Lyons  CLICK to see Full Size

1. As we can see from this illustration, the source of all life is found only in our eternal God. Which is the Divine Essence. This essence is pure LOVE. And He is called “I AM”. The one without any beginning, the one without any end.

“And Jesus said, I AM! And you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of the heaven”  (Mar 14:62)

“And they all said, Are you then the Son of God? And He said to them, You say it, because I AM!”  (Luk 22:70)

“But He said to them, I AM! Do not be afraid”  (Joh 6:20)

2.  LOVE, being what it is, has to express itself. The word “good” originates from the word “God”. LOVE expresses itself in a never-ending variety of ways. Too innumerable and wondrous beyond any human description. And God is manifest in indescribable beauty;

“A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to the pure of heart”
(Psa 73:1)

3.  LOVE having expressed itself, exposes the principles of His heavenly kingdom to His creation and to the rest of the universe. It is the desire of God to share and to draw in others to be with HIM. This radiation of LOVE from the ESSENCE is called “LIGHT”.

“Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”  (Joh 8:12)

4.  This LIGHT took on a tangible and real form to reach into the natural mind and the natural world.  This was for the purpose of revealing His LOVE for the created people on His earth;

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God”  (Eph 3:19 NLT)

To further illustrate His LOVE, God took on a human form and manifested himself to the created people on His earth, which is also called the WORD.  The Christian also calls it the Holy Bible;

“The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness—the greatness that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth”  (Joh 1:14)

5.  From the WORD is drawn out the greatest document of LOVE ever written, the Ten Commandments.  God Himself wrote these words by his own finger it was so important. All other Scripture was given by inspiration to men.  In the Ten Commandments is found the life and liberty of all the created people on earth, as well as the angels and host of heaven.  In the Bible, it is called “the Law”.  For Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law.  Jesus Himself said;

“Don’t think that I have come to destroy the Law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. I have come not to destroy their teachings but to give full meaning to them. I assure you that nothing will disappear from the law until heaven and earth are gone. The law will not lose even the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter until it has all been done. “A person should obey every command in the law, even one that does not seem important. Whoever refuses to obey any command and teaches others not to obey it will be the least important in God’s kingdom. But whoever obeys the law and teaches others to obey it will be great in God’s kingdom”  (Mat 5:17-19)

Jesus further reduced the denominator of the Ten Commandments (The Law) down to two statistical values;

“Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you understand from it? The man answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.  Also, Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.  Jesus said, “Your answer is right. Do this and you will have eternal life”  (Luk 10:26-28)

Jesus also said this about these TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS;

“Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”  (Mat 22:37-40)

So we can see from reading Scripture the beginning, the means, and the end result of God’s program.

I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.  (Rev 1:8)


What Does Love To The Neighbor Look Like? Part III

Leviticus 19:33-34 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

33 “Do not do bad things to foreigners living in your country. 34 You must treat them the same as you treat your own citizens. Love them as you love yourselves. Remember, you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God!”

The Book of Leviticus is not just a book of rules and unbending regulations. It sheds miraculous light and illumination on the tender and kind heart of God. It shows us some properties of the kingdom of LOVE. In these two verses, we can see the humanity and the face of the Savior. In here also is another lesson to be learned on how to LOVE your neighbor.

It is as if this Scripture is being taught from a hillside to a group of people by the Lord Jesus. Here is someone who teaches kingdom principles with compassion, with patience, and with understanding. But most of all, from a sense of authority from the essence of LOVE.

To paraphrase Verse 33: Do not be mean to people outside the Kingdom of God. Just because you have recently become citizens of heaven, does not mean you are above those who are still heathen and gentiles, your NEIGHBORS. Verse 34. Be kind and be gracious to these NEIGHBORS as you would act to your brethren who have believed and stepped into the Kingdom of God.

“Live together in peace with each other. Don’t be proud, but be willing to be friends with people who are not important to others. Don’t think of yourself as smarter than everyone else”  (Romans 12:16 ERV)

Verse 34 continued. Love your NEIGHBOR as yourself. For this is the second greatest commandment of Jesus. Do not forget that YOU were once a stranger to God, His people, and His kingdom. YOU were once wandering around in the desert without a clue who God was!. And by the way, YOU did not care one whit either about anything associated with My Kingdom.

“All these great people continued living with faith until they died. They did not get the things God promised his people. But they were happy just to see those promises coming far in the future. They accepted the fact that they were like visitors and strangers here on earth. When people accept something like that, they show they are waiting for a country that will be their own” (Hebrews 11:13-14 ERV).

Paraphrase verse 34 continued. I AM the ONE, the Faithful and True LORD who says these things. This is not a suggestion. This is a commandment. These principles and teachings are as firm and as set as concrete in my kingdom. Those who do not abide in them cannot dwell forever with me.

So we can see that LOVE to THE NEIGHBOR takes many forms and many shapes. But the over-riding principle is the essence of thinking and considering of OTHERS before we place our own SELF-interests as supreme.

World Refugee Day June 20, 2018

Today is World Refugee Day. This is a repost of a previous blog entry. I have since felt God calling me to intercede for Myanmar (Burma).

Posted Jan 28th, 2005, 12:24 by Adventures In Faith on Prophetic

From: Intercessors Network mailing # 396 January, 2005 Intercessors.Network@Comhem.se (Please lift up in your prayers as God leads you); 160 ARRESTED AT PROTEST AGAINST MYANMAR’S TREATMENT OF CHRISTIANS Malaysian police arrested 160 citizens of Myanmar (Burma) Monday, Jan. 17, for protesting outside their country’s embassy against the military junta’s alleged discrimination against Christians. Authorities detained the demonstrators after they chanted anti-junta slogans for about 30 minutes and defied police orders to disperse, said a spokeswoman for the Malaysian human rights group, Suaram. The protesters could be charged with violating a rule requiring a police permit for gatherings of more than three people. Those without valid immigration documents could be deported. Police confirmed the arrests but provided no details. While Myanmar, ruled by the military since 1962, is predominantly Buddhist, the population also includes Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and animists. MYANMAR’S CHIN CHRISTIANS CALL FOR PRAYER AS PERSECUTION CONTINUES Chin Christians in southern Myanmar (Burma) are calling for a day of prayer Sunday, Jan. 30, as persecution continues in the area. The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) is also calling for protests against the oppression at embassies around the world. On Monday, Jan. 24, more than 400 exiled Chins gathered near the Burmese embassy in New Delhi, India, to condemn the systematic persecution of Chin Christians by the ruling military regime in their homeland. In a recent example, government forces defaced and then destroyed a 50-foot concrete cross on a hilltop in Matupi township Monday, Jan. 3. The cross had been in that location for two decades as a testimony to the people’s faith in Christ. Since the mid-1990s government forces have destroyed at least half a dozen crosses and several churches in Chin state. In many cases, these have been replaced with Buddhist pagodas. The CHRO believes that the destruction of crosses and church buildings and the persecution of Christian religious leaders is designed “to crush the will and psychology of Chin Christians.”

Today it is reported that nearly 70 million people have been displaced through war, persecution, and corruption flowing from the military junta. There is a horrendous refugee crisis in Myanmar. As God leads you, please pray for the people of Myanmar.