For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. – Romans 3:23
24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
25 For God presented Jesus as the propitiation for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
Who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds but finds it difficult? Probably most of us. There are some keys to losing weight. Often it is necessary to change our lifestyles and rearrange our priorities and. There are all kinds of theories about weight loss. There are all kinds of diets here are a few: The Paleo Diet, The Vegan Diet, The Low-Carb Diets, The Dukan Diet, The Ultra-Low-Fat Diet, The Atkins Diet, The HCG Diet, The Zone Diet, Intermittent Fasting, the Keto Diet.
Which diet is best? The bottom line is that there is no perfect weight loss regimen. Different diets work for different people. Which diet is the best one for you? The best program for you is the one that works for you and that you can stay with long-term.
The formula for losing weight is quite simple: burn up more calories than you take in. A key to a successful diet is satiety.
Satiety, although it sounds redundant, means to be pleasantly satisfied beyond the point of satisfaction.
The term satiety comes from the Latin word satis, which means enough. It is related to the English words satisfy and satiated. These terms all entered the English language in the 15th and 16th centuries.
When it comes to forgiveness of sin how can we ever tell if the Father is truly satisfied? How can we know if we are truly forgiven? Has satiety been achieved?
The Father is totally and completely holy, righteous, and good. Yet people are only relatively holy, righteous, and good. How can this discrepancy be made up? Is it a matter of kind and benevolent acts, good works? If so, how many good deeds or righteous acts must be performed to measure up to the Father’s standards of perfection? How holy do you have to be? The answer is somewhat gloomy.
The Father’s answer is 100% compliance.
1 Peter 1:16 You must be holy because I am holy.
Matthew 6:1 You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
We are to be holy and perfect to the same degree that the Father is holy and perfect.
But clearly, such a feat is impossible for fallen, imperfect creatures. Is it possible to make up the difference? Thank God, the Father provided the perfect solution.
REFLECT & PRAY
1 Peter 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
Father thank You that You have paid in full each person sin debt. At the moment I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ you wiped away my sin debt once and for all. You are satisfied with the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on my behalf.
Because of the tremendous disparity between the absolute holiness and righteousness of the Father and the less than stellar holiness and righteousness of fallen humanity, only the Father could provide a solution. What could the Father possibly do that would bring about reconciliation between the human race and Himself? His justice would have to be satisfied. How can satiety be achieved?
Through the Father’s eternal plan, He chose the death of the Lord Jesus Christ to make reconciliation a reality and establish satiety. We are not sure exactly how this works. But the fact that it does work is what is most important. Complete satiety was achieved through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. When each child of the King accepts Him as their Savior and Lord, reconciliation becomes a reality in their lives.
The Father declared that all children of the King are made righteous through an exchange. At the moment we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Father exchanges our sins for Christ’s righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
The Father acted out of pure grace, undeserved kindness. As the supreme authority of all creation, He had the right to declare that all children of the King were righteous. In so doing, the Father freed us from the penalty for our sins.
The Father Himself presented Jesus as the propitiation for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding his blood for them (Romans 3:24-25).
Romans 3:25 For God presented Jesus as the propitiation for sin.
The all-important word in Romans 3:25 is propitiation. The Greek word translated propitiation is hilasterion. This word is only used twice in the entire New Testament Romans 3:25 and Hebrews 9:5. On a theological plain, propitiation is very similar to satiety physical plain. Propitiation has the sense of satisfaction. The Lord Jesus Christ died as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. The Old Testament required a peace offering to be given to make atonement for sin. The Lord Jesus Christ is the peace offering that the Father provided to satisfy His own justice. The Father’s wrath against human unrighteousness is fully satisfied through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“The key element in the concept of propitiation is the averting of wrath. To and that Jesus is a propitiation means that he offered himself as a sacrifice that turns God’s wrath away from deserving sinners by accepting that wrath upon himself in our place. Thus he is a ‘wrath-removing sacrifice’ (Hendriksen), a ‘wrath-averting sacrifice’ (Moo)” (Cottrell).
If we were attempted to satisfy the Father’s justice for our unrighteousness by our own efforts, how could we ever know if we had done enough? The Father knowing this provided a better way! He sent the Lord Jesus Christ to die in our stead. He took upon Himself all the wrath of God due to each one of us because of our unrighteousness.
When the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, the sin debt of each person was paid in full. At the moment we accept the Lord Jesus Christ, our individual sin debt is canceled because it was already paid in full.
When the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, He cried out for all time, tetelestai, “it is finished,” “paid in full” (John 19:30). Our entire sin debt was paid in full.
As a result, we can actualize the fact that we are dead to sin and live for what is right.