A Satisfying Death

I John 2:1-2 says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

The Agony of the Cross
At the Cross, Christ satisfied the judgement of God. We must never allow ourselves to forget the agony of the Cross. It may be easy for us to utter the words, “the Cross,” but it’s difficult for us to keep in the view the agony of the Cross. I believe that if we could keep before us the terror that Calvary was and remember the reason why that terror was poured out of the Son of God, we would never utter the words, “It’s okay, grace covers it.” Grace is free to all who will believe, but grace cost the Father the life of His only Son.

The Only Satisfaction for the Father
Sin is rebellion toward God and His Word. Sin is not something that God takes lightly. For a season, God was appeased by the sacrifice of an innocent animal. This was set up in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying His commandment. God in grace clothed them in the skins of animals. We see that this was pleasing to God because He accepted the animal sacrifice of Abel, Adam’s son. However, God rejected Cain’s offering of vegetables because it was not what he had ordained. This was supposed to be a picture for them to look for, a man who would be offered as a sacrifice. Until that time they must continue to offer up sacrifices for their sins. John said Christ is the “propitiation” for our sins, what does that mean? It a satisfying sacrifice. What needed to be satisfied?

The Wrath of God
The wrath of God is revealed now and will be revealed in the future. Sin is an offense toward God and God views sin as an offense. There are two types of the wrath of God:

1. Orge. This represents God’s abhorrence and hatred of sin. God has a deep-seated disposition against sin; a holy displeasure. Paul uses this term in Romans 1:18 to let us know that this wrath is revealed now, in the present tense, against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. Sin comes with consequences now.

2. Thumos. This is a violent outburst of passion which includes the idea of punishment and punitive judgment. There will come a time in the future when God will unleash wrath upon humanity like the world has never seen.

Jesus Christ, God’s Way of Escape
For Adam, it was the sacrifice of an innocent animal. For Noah, it was and ark. For the children of Israel, it was the blood of a lamb smeared across the top and the sides of the doors to escape God’s wrath coming to Egypt. For the children of Israel, it was the sacrificial system. For the world, is God’s only Son. If you love God and have sinned, you have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous. If you have never accepted Christ into your heart but you know your life is not pleasing to Him, then know that Jesus Christ the Righteous has satisfied God’s judgment for you, as well.

The Sinner’s Prayer
If you will repeat the words of this prayer and believe them in your heart—it’s important that you believe—then you will be saved:
“Dear God in heaven, I come to you today in the name of Jesus. I am sorry for my sins and the things that I have done. Please forgive me. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that He died and that He rose again on the third day, for my sin. I believe that He lives today, and because He lives, I can live also. I now accept Jesus Christ as my Savior, and I make Him the Lord of my life. Now, by Your word, which cannot lie, I am washed, I am saved, I am born-again, I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

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Paris, accompanied by his wife Marybeth, coordinates and oversees <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/unite">Crossfire Unite</a> fellowship groups. He is a regular teacher on SBN’s “<a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/gotc">Generation of the Cross</a>” with Gabriel Swaggart. Paris is a workshop instructor and assists with Church Needs for the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/iyc">International Youth Conference</a>, and he has been an evening professor at <a href="https://jsbc.edu" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Bible College</a> since the spring of 2017. He oversees all Crossfire Unite Student Outreaches. Paris also contributes writings to the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/blog?author=paris%20ragan">Crossfire Blog</a>.

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