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Propitiation For Sins

Peter opens His first epistle with a greeting in the sanctified new covenant of grace by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ (in allegory).

1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Peter writes that the believers are sanctified through the precious blood of Christ as without spot, (for how could he be without spot unless he had lived in accordance with God His whole life? The emphasis is on the incorruptibleness of Christ,

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

And Peter qualifies that which saves and redeems, the testimony of Christ in the person of God the Father in verse 23.

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

Peters most bold words on the cross are as follows

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Whose sins did he bare? Israel (in this context at the moment of their collected rejection of Him on the cross). So that he should receive rejection of men for the better approval of God, and that rejection from those he came to gather together to God. In obtaining that approval the people Israel (the ye here) are healed, reconciled to God, that they may be clothed with the righteousness of Christ in the sight of the Father.

For in separating out those that rejected Him from those that would be gathered toward Him, using His terrible sufferings as an ensign to collect out one Elect from among those that were called His people, He is as a shepherd who gathers together His flock. (This is this verse in context). For immediately Peter writes;

1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Elsewhere Peter states the Lord has "bought them".

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

The Lord has perfected obedience once and for all before us meekly and as a humbled servant. The offering up of a people bought with better promises is the ministry of the gospel. God has separated them to Himself from the world with the price of His entire life, having "tasted death once for every man". In this sense they are purchased, with a work the living example of Jesus, which is pointed to by the law and prophets.


John however uses the term propitiation clearly, but not of the sacrifice, but of the continuing ministry before God on our behalf.

1Jo 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Propitiation (atonement) that the atonement is ongoing as we are ministered to from heaven, rather than being once saved and always saved through faith in the cross rather than the crucified Lord obedient upon it. He made the grace possible, justifying it should bear fruit, now a mediator of grace in role of a high priest, this propitiation is in the continuing sense for John writes we have an advocate with the Father, even Christ.

For Christ is sent to be propitiation,.. not by tortured death on the cross, but through His words, and life, and His Spirit which ministers in us, He being already glorified with the Father at His right hand. For John writes;

1Jo 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

This propitiation John continues to expound upon, as in example complete, and in power ongoing through the Holy Spirit.

1Jo 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jo 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1Jo 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jo 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Finally we conclude this study with Johns true summation;

1Jo 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Then we find no evidence at all that Christ suffered the cost of the blame of our sins,.. rather he patiently bore with us in His sufferings, knowing that we were not as true as He in knowledge of God. Sin is the lack of knowledge of the closeness, immediacy and intent of the creator. Improper faith is also a sin of like type, and by giving Christ as an high priest for us we may believe on He who is without sin, and follow His example. He did not come to show Himself God, but to display to us that we must live by every word from the mouth of God.

Did Christ suffer injustice? Yes.
Did Christ buy us from the power and fear of death? Yes.
Did Christ die in truth? Yes.

Is He Raised?

Now which did these, was it the cross, or by the spoken promises of God? It is clear to me that there is a distinct difference between Christ making atonement for the sin of the world and being punished because of them in our place. There is a difference between bearing the sin and being punished for it.


In the garden before His arrest Jesus prayed to the Father to escape the manner of His execution,.. and not to avoid the conclusion of His ministry. (For He said "therefore am I sent" of Jerusalem.) He prayed concerning the cross in obedience, and acceptance within the foreknowledge of His death - He did not pray to "get out of being obedient" or to make the "guilt go away" (guilt never being at issue) Jesus knew He was not being punished of God, not for any sin (for he had none) or for that of others. Jesus did not falter from His mission whilst praying in the garden,.. He may indeed have been tempted of satan in the wilderness, but here if we assume Jesus is going to be suffering the blame of sin we do not see Jesus standing firm against temptation (if it indeed were Him faltering over His ministry's purpose.)

In truth we see Jesus praying within the mandate given Him to be obedient on the matter of His death - God does not delight and take joy in the suffering of His children. In this sense God has tasted death once for all of us, In that we might take comfort that He is well acquainted with our sufferings. Jesus however submits His prayer to His Father and suffered the execution of the cross. In submitting to His Father's will in this manner over the brutality of His death (rather than on the issue of questioning His mission's very purpose), We see the "cup" that Jesus prayed to pass from Him was not that of the healing of sin for all men, but merely over the pain of His last few hours.


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