Summary: Jesus paid it all.
We’ve looked at the Principle of Applied Priesthood - how we must develop a sacrificial, submissive, sympathetic faith as we come before God and make requests on behalf of others who do not have a right relationship nor a good standing with God themselves.
We then looked at the Principle of Appropriated Promise, which tells us that we must face God with the impossible task of saving others.
We considered the Principle of Answered Prayer, which says if we pray according to God’s will - with a surrendered life, a submissive heart, and in a Scriptural manner - we know He hears and will answer.
We looked at the Principle of Available Power, which says, because of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, the Father has decreed Satan’s power to be bound and the Spirit’s power to be loosed; and has delegated to us the task of enforcing His decrees through prayer.
Now, today, I want us to consider a fifth Principle of Intercession, the Principle of Absolute Propitiation.
5. The Principle of Absolute Propitiation - 1 John 2:2
Now, the word “propitiation” is not found in the NIV. Instead, the translators of the NIV use the word, “atoning sacrifice.” The Greek word used by John here is “hilasmos.”
“Propitiation” is a word used in the King James version, the Amplified version, as well as other translations of the Bible.
“And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world.” - 1 John 2:2 (Amplified)
“Propitiation” is one of those Bible words like, “justification” and “sanctification” that we don’t use in common language and which modern translations tend to find other terms to use when trying to put the Scripture into the common language of the people.
But though “propitiation” is not a word we use in conversation today, it is a perfectly good word that conveys a special meaning concerning the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins.
Propitiation refers to appeasing an angry person by covering the cause of his anger through restitution. Jesus paid our debt by dying in our place. He covered our guilt, turning away God’s wrath.
As we think of “propitiation” in terms of providing a “covering” for sin, I am reminded of the expression, “I’ve got you covered.” If we were in a restaurant, and I said, “Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered,” what would you take that to mean? You would understand that I was paying your bill. I want us to take this illustration a little further as we think about the Principle of Absolute Propitiation.
1. We are all guests in God’s restaurant.
Think of this world as being like a restaurant. God is the creator and proprietor of this restaurant. When He first created His restaurant, it was a show place. In fact, God said it was “very good.”
Now, like any restaurant, God made it for customers to enjoy. God made this world for mankind to enjoy. We were intended to enjoy the benefits and blessings of God’s world - His restaurant - but instead, we have chosen to disrespect its owner.