We will be praying for North Africa and the Middle East for the next several weeks. Today, please take time to pray for Chad. Click HERE, scroll down to CHAD and then follow the link on the left for facts about the nation, click the link on the right to learn about the unreached that live there, and then watch the video in the center of the page to here a prayer for Chad and pray for the requests listed at the end of the video.
1. Pray for the church in Chad to be burdened and equipped for evangelism.
2. Pray for missionaries who are serving in a hard place.
3. Pray for the government to be characterized by integrity instead of corruption
1 John 2:1-6
Joyful Assurance: Our Walk!
We have already, last week, considered, from verse 1 of 1 John 2 the purpose of John’s writing, the possibility of attaining that purpose, and Jesus as our pleader; our advocate. If you missed those devotions scroll down to catch up! Today, we continue by seeing our propitiation in verse 2.
The Propitiation v2
That is a big word…Propitiation. What exactly does it mean? The word itself means, “The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person.” The best place, however, to learn the definition of a biblical word, is the Bible itself. Consider Romans 3:21-25.
But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.
The righteous standard of God has been made clear as well as the righteousness of God through faith in Christ. Since each and every one of us has fallen short of the standard of God we must be justified by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ…whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood. In other words, we are justified and made righteous before God because Jesus publicly paid the penalty for our sins by His blood. He was, and is, our substitute…our propitiation.
Let us consider as well Hebrews 1:17: Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Jesus Christ did not count equality with God a thing to be held onto, but humbled Himself and was made in the likeness of men. He lived the life that God requires of each one of us. He never sinned, never committed any iniquity, and never transgressed the law of God in any way. He perfectly and fully fulfilled every facet of the Father’s will. He was not only obedient in life, but even to the point of death, even death on a cross. On the cross He took upon Himself, as the Lamb of God, your sin, your iniquity, and your transgressions. There, in Christ, on the cross, our sin was judged until it was finished and Christ gave up His spirit. He was buried away, with our sin and was raised from the grave on Sunday morning so that all of us who would repent of our sins and put our trust and faith in Christ could be made right with God. He is our propitiation who lived for us and died for us to save us from the wrath of God.
Romans 5:8-11 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” This news is not something we can keep to ourselves! Jesus Christ, our advocate, is the propitiation for our sins…but not just ours. He is the propitiation for the world! We have an obligation to share this news. Who are you leading to Christ? One way you can lead others is by spending some time sharing in this study together. You can read through this teaching together and discuss the following questions as you consider 1 John 2:1-6 together.
1. Read through Romans 3:21-25 again. What do you learn from this text about God the Father and God the Son? What do you learn about yourself? How should You respond?
2. Take some time to look up Philippians 3:5-11. What do you learn from this text about God the Father and God the Son? What do you learn about yourself? How should You respond?
3. Read Romand 5:8-11 above. What do you learn from this text about God the Father and God the Son? What do you learn about yourself? How should You respond?
4. Meditate on 1 John 2:1-6 again and answer the following honestly. In response to what I am learning from this text, I will ________________________.