Scripture in the Morning #87
Hebrews 2:17 He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
The Scriptures are clear – no sin goes unpunished. God cannot be in the presence of sin. So…
Since we are sinners,unless our sin is removed we cannot go to heaven where God resides. AND our sin must be punished. So… our sin must be punished and removed… before we die and go to heaven.
How does this work? God cannot pardon sin in the sense that He simply forgives that sin as if it never happened. That is what presidents do with a presidential pardon… but that is not justice. Remember, God is perfectly just. The wrath of God against every sin must be levied to the one in whose account that sin resides.
Now… Before we define “propitiation” we must address more background. When Jesus went to the Cross He bore the sin of all those the Father gave Him. That is, the sin from your “account” was reckoned to Christ (it was imputed to Christ… He took your and my sin — and the sin for all who are in heaven or will be in heaven. — and removed it from our accounts and placed that sin in His own account. That is, when Jesus died, all the sin of the billions who will reside in heaven were upon Him — as if He Himself had committed those sins.
2 Cor 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
So… Jesus died with all our sin in His account and He was punished on the Cross (in a manner addressed tomorrow). We, in turn, die with no sin in our account (because Christ bore our sin for us). As a result, we are free of sin and can (and will), on that basis, reside in heaven. Our sin is punished (Christ experiencing that punishment) and is removed… before we die and go to heaven.
Is God’s grace in Christ amazing or what? Enjoy your day.