God is worthy of all glory because of who He is (Romans 11.33-36). Yet all of us have sinned and fallen short of His glory and are worthy of eternal punishment because of our sinful, arrogant rebellion: giving the glory that He deserves to other things. There is nothing we can do to overcome this condition on our own; seeking to be justified by obeying the Law will not do it. The Law reveals our sin, but offers no ability to save us. By His pre-determined plan (Acts 2:23-24), God demonstrated His love and gave Jesus as a propitiation (atoning for our sin by enduring God’s wrath as a sacrificial substitution) for our sin through His death on the cross. The resurrection of Jesus shows that the payment for our sin was paid in full. This is a free gift of grace given to all who believe in Jesus Christ through faith for salvation.
Questions to Consider
- How does the severity of God’s punishment for unforgiven sinners indicate the depth of the offense of our sin to God?
- Why can’t our attempts to obey the Law justify us? Why do people struggle with trying to “earn” salvation?
- How does Romans 3:25a show us that the propitiation of Jesus was an act initiated by God and not in response to anything we did?
- How does the Day of Atonement ritual (Leviticus 16) picture the sacrifice of Jesus?
- What was the biggest dread that Jesus had as He faced the cross?
- What are you truly trusting in for salvation?
- With the concept of propitiation in mind, read one of the gospels’ accounts of the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus in one sitting.
- Everyday in prayer, thank God for the gift of grace shown in the propitiation of Jesus for our sin.
- Share the good news of the propitiation of Jesus for our sins with a lost person this week.