The Four Images of Salvation

The wonderful salvation that Jesus purchased for us is so very great!. The bible needs to use four images to describe that salvation. The first image is the image of ‘ PROPITIATION ‘. This word means ….. ‘an action made in order to regain someone’s favor that has been lost’.  It means to ‘ APPEASE’ or to do something to turn someone’s anger or wrath away. magpatahimik, pumayapà: v. appease.

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If for instance I have done something to upset my wife and I want to turn her anger away from me – maybe I will buy her a beautifully scented bunch of beautiful flowers.
When she sees the beauty of the flowers and smells the lovely fragrance, hopefully her anger is turned away from me. She is appeased. Her anger has been PROPITIATED.

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Man’s sin does not just make God sad. Mans sin makes God angy. Because God is Holy and just his righteous anger can only be satisfied by the carrying out of his justice.

We all have so much sin and God must punish sin. His anger is blazing against the sin we carry in our hearts. God’s WRATH is blazing against all unrighteousness. On God’s side the WRATH OF GOD was blazing at us because of the darkness in us. Romans chapter one, verse 18 tells us…….

Rom 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

We are all so full of sin that if God did not find a way to satisfy his holy justice God would have had to send us all to hell.

But although God must punish sin, He is so loving that He didn’t want to punish us.
So instead God took all the shame and guilt and darkness and sin. The Son of God went to the cruel cross outside the city walls of Jerusalem. Jesus God’s Son suffered in our place.

Jesus, He was completely without sin and inocent, but he took The Tempest blast of all the Curse of the universe on himself. Jesus who knew no sin, was made to be sin. The Spotless lamb of God took our punishment. He was made to be sin so that we can be righteous!

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Our Lord and saviour ‘ PROPITIATED ‘ God’s anger that was burning against us because of our sinfulness. He turned God’s anger away from us by bearing and carrying our sin himself!

God the Father was satisfied by the sacrifice of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ on the cross. Propitiation took place. Romans chapter 3, verses 23 to 25 speak of the propitiation.

Rom 3: 23 to 25 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Sapagka’t ang lahat ay nangagkasala nga, at hindi nangakaabot sa kaluwalhatian ng Dios;
24 Palibhasa’y inaring-ganap na walang bayad ng kaniyang biyaya sa pamamagitan ng pagtubos na nasa kay Cristo Jesus:
25 whom God set forth as a PROPITIATION by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
25 Na siyang inilagay ng Dios na maging PANGPALUBAGLOOB, sa pamamagitan ng pananampalataya, sa kaniyang dugo, upang maipakilala ang kaniyang katuwiran dahil sa hindi pagpansin sa mga kasalanan na nagawa nang nagdaang panahon sa pagpapahinuhod ng Dios;

Two other bible verses speak of God’s act of propitiation. These are 1 John 2:2 – and also 1 John 4:10
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At siya ang pangpalubag-loob sa ating mga kasalanan; at hindi lamang sa ating mga kasalanan, kundi ng sa buong sanglibutan din naman.

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Narito ang pagibig, hindi sa tayo’y umibig sa Dios, kundi siya ang umibig sa atin, at sinugo ang kaniyang Anak na pangpalubagloob sa ating mga kasalanan
So the results and affects of the proptiation are three – fold

God’s JUSTICE is now satisfied
God’s WRATH ( ANGER) has been turnes away
God’s MERCY is now FREELY AVAILABLE to all who desire it.

As I said, The wonderful salvation that Jesus purchased for us is so very great!. The bible uses four images to describe that salvation. The second image is the immage of ‘ JUSTIFICATION ‘. This word IS A LEGAL term used in the court room. It means …..
to justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God. God’s Justification declares those who receive Christ to be righteous. They are declared righteous ( NOT GUILTY) before God because Christ’s righteousness is added to their account.

When we are saved though we are MORE THAN DECLARED NOT GUILTY. We actually are given the very righteousness of Christ.

Second Corinthians chapter 5, verse 21 says these words ……

2 Cor 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Cor 5:21 – Yaong hindi nakakilala ng kasalanan ay kaniyang inaring may sala dahil sa atin: upang tayo’y maging sa kaniya’y katuwiran ng Dios.

Today if you put your Trust in Jesus you can say confidently, “I am the righteousness of God”. You can say, “I am not covered with sin and shame.
I am no longer cursed. I am blessed because Jesus took my sin”.

he main passage describing justification is Romans 3:21-26:
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

Jesus sacrifice covers our sin. God sees us as perfect and unblemished. Because as believers we are in Christ. God sees Christ’s own righteousness when He looks at us. This meets God’s demands for perfection; thus, He declares us righteous—He justifies us.

Romans 5:18-19 sums it up well: “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” It is because of justification that the peace of God can rule in our lives. It is because of justification that believers can have assurance of salvation. It is the fact of justification that enables God to begin the process of sanctification—the process by which God makes us in reality what we already are positionally. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

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