The third article I wrote for a Indian magazine. Just throwing it up here for whoever might be interested.
“…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, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:25, 26
These are in my opinion among the most important verses in the bible. Paul begins early in chapter 3 to emphasize our sin against God, that none are righteous, no one understands, no one seeks after God and so on. He has already labored thru chapters one and two to build up to this point. There is no one good. We have “all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” In the light of this Paul then turns and reveals to us why God sent Christ.
To propitiate means to appease or to make peace between. Here we see God setting forth Christ to make propitiation between Himself and man. For what reason? There is a problem we have and that is sin. God had passed over our sin but now needed to demonstrate His righteousness. He must punish sin. Else He would not be just.
So, as the passage says, to be just and yet still justify the one who has faith in Jesus, God set forth Christ. So, what does this all mean? It means that God had a desire to redeem man back to himself but because He is so holy and we are so sinful He could not just forgive. He must be just in His forgiveness of men. So the holy God sent a holy Lamb, Jesus Christ, to bear the punishment that we deserve. God maintains justice and forgives! There is peace with God because of God’s salvation!
No longer can men or the devil accuse God of being unjust in walking with sinful men. Now these sinful men are forgiven because the wrath of almighty God was propitiated.
Now, in the light of this, we should live as we are. Justice is satisfied. We are redeemed. Let us go on and glorify the King of kings! Live for the God who alone saves!