The atonement for sins (Rom 3:25)

“God put Jesus forward

As a sacrifice

Of atonement

By his blood,

Effective

Through faith.

God did this

To show his righteousness,

Because of his divine forbearance

Of the sins

Previously committed.”

ὃν προέθετο ὁ Θεὸς ἱλαστήριον διὰ πίστεως ἐν τῷ αὐτοῦ αἵματι, εἰς ἔνδειξιν τῆς δικαιοσύνης αὐτοῦ διὰ τὴν πάρεσιν τῶν προγεγονότων ἁμαρτημάτων

Paul said that God (ὁ Θεὸς) put Jesus forward (ὃν προέθετο) as a sacrifice of atonement (ἱλαστήριον) by his blood (ἐν τῷ αὐτοῦ αἵματι), effective through faith (διὰ πίστεως).  God did this to show (εἰς ἔνδειξιν) his righteousness (τῆς δικαιοσύνης αὐτοῦ), because of his divine forbearance (διὰ τὴν πάρεσιν) of the sins (ἁμαρτημάτων) previously committed (τῶν προγεγονότων).  Only the Pauline letters used these five distinctive words, προέθετο, that means to set before, propose, design beforehand, or determine, the word ἱλαστήριον, that means propitiatory, a sin offering to appease the deity, a means of propitiation, for example the covering of the ark, which was sprinkled with the atoning blood on the Day of Atonement in Exodus, chapter 25:17, the word ἔνδειξιν, that means a pointing out, an indication, a proof, a showing, demonstration, a sign, or a token, the word πάρεσιν, that means letting go, overlooking, suspension, or remission of punishment, and finally the word προγεγονότων, that means to happen before or previously.  The price for this freedom from previous committed sins was the blood of Christ, the new sacrifice.  However, one had to be faithful or have effective faith to be eligible for this letting go or passing over of their sinful past.  The final redemption would come for all in the end times, the day of wrath and judgment.  The blood of Jesus was the unique sacrifice that brought the forgiveness of sins.  Do you understand how much Jesus has sacrificed for you?

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