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!