Bible Terms

Bible Term: Propitiation

In the general sense, propitiation is the act of appeasing an offended power; to reconcile, to attain friendship or goodwill, attempt to make compatible.

In a spiritual sense, God is the power whom we have offended by our wrong actions and behaviors. In and of ourselves, we cannot appease him or gain good standing with him, but Jesus has acted on our behalf to accomplish that as our propitiation.

A related word, that is more commonly used in the Bible, is atonement.

Key verse about propitiation: “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (Romans 3:25, NTL).

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