Know Him personally
And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Propitiation! It means to satisfy a debt. In this case it means God pour out His wrath on Jesus in our place to satisfy the debt of our sin. It’s a very sobering thought. Jesus took our punishment and I am so thankful He did. I can’t even make myself imagine that I would have had to pay this debt and take this punishment had I not accepted Jesus sacrifice to take it for me. However, He didn’t do it just for me and you, this scripture says He did it for the whole world. How does that work? If He did it for the whole world, does that mean the whole world is automatically saved? No, it is a personal choice. If fact verse 1 says that John is writing this letter so that the readers will not sin, but if they do, Jesus will stand in on their behalf in front of God to represent them. He does this through His own sacrifice. In other words, Jesus is standing between us and God the father as a reminder that He paid our sin debt . . . past, present and even the sin we haven’t done yet. Then in verse three it says that keeping His commandments is evidence that we know Him personally.
So that’s the key! Even though Jesus died for the sin of the whole world as verse 2 says, the rest of the passage says that we have to know Him personally in order for Him to be our advocate (means He stands in our place or pleads our case for us) Jesus Himself said in Matthew 7:23 – And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Those who said they did good things in Jesus name, He says He never knew them (personally).
Knowing Jesus personally is the most important relationship you have in life. It makes sense that you spend time cultivating and growing that relationship. It is not just by going to church and doing good works although those are important. It is spending time talking with Him, Listening to His leading and quiet voice inside your heart. Reading His Word and getting to know His character and His way of living life. This is where your focus and time should be directed. We should run to Jesus every opportunity we get and press into Him as if our eternity depends on it, because it does.
Today I want to encourage you to know Christ Jesus personally. If you have never received Him as you personal Lord and Savior who paid the penalty for your sin, do it today. Then focus on developing a close relationship with Him by spending time reading the Word and talking with Him. Take time to listen if He is speaking to your heart about anything and ask for clear direction if there is anything you need to be doing to promote Kingdom of Heaven progress here in the world. The truth is, you can be as close to Him as you want to be just by spending more time getting to know Him. Make Him the priority instead of your other pass times. Choose to acknowledge Him in all your ways, then He will begin to direct you in every decision you make.
Pray a prayer like this to receive Jesus as your Lord today: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive me for my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know you Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him form the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. Thank you, Jesus for Your grace that has saved me from my sin and has given me eternal life. I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide and empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 2:1-2