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Here’s this week’s "web bonus" for yesterday’s topic,  "Knowing How to Walk (with God)."

It’s the word "propitiation" we talked about in 1 John 2:2.  We mentioned that Jesus is our "propitiation" (i.e. "atoning sacrifice or payment").

Our English word "propitiation" comes from the Greek word, hilasmos.  A related word, hilasterion, is translated "mercy seat" in Hebrews 9:5.

The "mercy seat" referred to the golden throne that covered the ark of the covenant.  Construction of the ark was commissioned by God in Exodus 25:10-22.  The Bible says Jesus is our "mercy seat."  What does this mean?

  • Jesus is where we meet with God.  People need Jesus to have a relationship with God.  He makes it possible for us to meet with and hear from God.
  • Jesus is our center of worship.  The cherubims, and the whole universe, will someday bow to recognize and worship Jesus as the "God-man," Lord, and Savior.
  • Jesus is where we receive atonement from our sins.  Through Jesus’ blood sacrifice 2000 years ago, we receive mercy and forgiveness of sins.  He is our high priest that entered God’s presence for us, to make the way available.

P.S. If you want to look ahead, next week’s topic is "Knowing God" from 1 John 2:3-17.