I Was Propitiated

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

What Happened When I Got Saved?

I Was Propitiated

Salvation is so simple that even a young child can understand it. However, it is also so complex that even the most mature believer will struggle to fully comprehend it.

A substantial number of divine transformations took place at salvation. Each one is eternal in its very nature. Each one took place at the instant I believed the gospel. Each one is a distinct position into which a believer is instantly brought at salvation by the power of God. The believer is passive. All he did was believe. Of these various transformations several things may be said:

1. They are not experienced. Although I could tell that something was different, I didn't feel anything. I know that these things happened only because the Bible says they happened.

2. They are not progressive. They do not grow or develop. They are as perfect and complete the day I received them as they will be throughout all eternity. They are presently true of every believer, and they are not true of any unbeliever.

3. They are not related to human merit. They are not earned.

4. They are eternal by their very nature. They are permanent rather than temporary.

5. They are known only through God's revelation of them in the Bible where they are clearly taught.

So, what happened when I trusted Christ as my Savior?

We have already seen that when I was saved -

1. I found myself to be in the eternal plan of God.

a. I found that I had been foreknown by God

b. I found that I had been elected by God

c. I found that I had been drawn by God to Himself

d. I found that I was justified (i.e. declared righteous) by God

e. I found that I will be glorified by God at the rapture

We have also seen that -

2. I was reconciled. Sin had alienated and separated me from God, but God reconciled me to Himself.

3. I was redeemed. I was purchased out of the slave market of sin never to return again.

Next, we see that -

4. I was propitiated.

Christ's death satisfied God's wrath which had been directed against my sin.

Even though they may not realize it -

a. Sinners are under the wrath of God.

John 3:36 - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Romans 5:8-10 - 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Ephesians 2:1-3 - 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Again, we see that sinners are under the wrath of God -

Ephesians 5:1-7 - 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Colossians 3:5-7 - 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

I Thessalonians 1:9-10 - 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

The Scriptures clearly teach that sinners are under the wrath of God. Unfortunately, all of us are sinners -

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Is there no hope? Yes, there is hope. God has provided a means whereby His wrath may be removed from the sinner.

b. In the Old Testament the place of propitiation was the mercy seat.

Exodus 25:10-22 - describes the ark of the covenant. The lid on the ark of the covenant is the mercy seat.

Exodus 25:17-22 - 17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

The blood from the animal sacrifices was sprinkled on the mercy seat -

Leviticus 16:13-16 - 13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: 14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: 16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

Hebrews 9:1-8 - 1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

c. In the New Testament the place of propitiation is the cross.

Romans 3:24-25 - 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

d. Christ is the propitiation for the believer's sins.

I John 2:1-2 - 1 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: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

I John 4:9-10 - 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Luke 18:9-14 - 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

In verse 13, God be merciful to me a sinner is literally, God be propitiated to me the sinner. It means, God treat me as one whose sin has been covered by the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrifice.

Hebrews 2:14-17 - 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

In verse 17, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people is literally, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.


If you have not yet trusted Christ as your personal Savior, you are still under the wrath of God.

If you will trust Christ as your Savior, the wrath of God which is presently directed against you will be forever removed; and you will no longer stand condemned before Him.

If you haven't already done so, won't you place your trust in Christ's death, burial, and resurrection and receive God's forgiveness for your sins and experience the removal of His wrath from you.

Our prayer must be, Please God, treat me as one for whom Christ shed His blood on the cross in payment for my sins.

If you choose not to trust Him as your Savior, you will remain under God's wrath and will ultimately spend eternity in hell, the lake of fire, where God's wrath will be poured out on you forever and ever.