Daily Bread - September 16, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 September 2019 21:39
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 means of forgiveness for our sins.

Part 1 ~ God's Definition of the Means of Forgiveness

The Greek word 'hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) is roughly equivalent to the Hebrew
word 'kippur,' translated as "atonement" in most English translations of
the Bible. The Greek word 'hilasmos' is translated as "propitiation" or
"expiation" by many of the English translations, but this is not entirely
accurate. The Greeks used the word 'hilasmos' to refer to the means by
which men would appease the gods, and from thus the word "propitiation" is
derived. However, this verse of Scripture in which we find this word
reveals that God was already favorably disposed towards us before He gave
His Son for our sins, for He loved us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians
2:4-5). Therefore, the whole Greek notion of propitiation or expiation
simply does not work. The redemption that is in Christ Jesus has nothing to
do with the offerings or actions of men, much less their attempts to gain
God's favor. Redemption does not have anything to do with the offerings of
men, rather it is all about God offering up the sacrifice of Jesus for us.
The secular world does not know of such a concept, for the message of
salvation reaches far beyond the imagination and ideologies of man. We must
use great caution in attempting to narrowly confine these Greek words to
the meanings given in the secular and profane world.
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