Surrender Control – BT2
The exchange of our control for Christ’s control is propitiation or atonement
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There are 2 Greek NT nouns hilasterion or hilasmos and 1 verb hilaskomai that speak of a divine “propitiation” or “atonement” or exchange of our unrighteousness for Christ’s righteousness, our evident lack of self-control or ischus inner-power for Christ’s perfect self-control or dunamis enabling-power (a), the disobedience of many men for the obedience of one man (b), our complete “missing of the mark” of God’s holiness (c) for Christ’s perfect “bulls-eye” of sinless, perfect holiness (d), the Son of Man making atonement as our High Priest (e), not just for our sins but for the whole world (f). It wasn’t our unconditional-love for God that could ever save us, for “This is unconditional-love – not that we have unconditionally-loved God, but that He unconditionally-loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (g). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:19, 23; Acts 26:18 Hebrews 1:3, 2:14; Romans 1:16, b) Romans 5:19, c) aka “sin”, d) Hebrews 4:15, e) Hebrews 2:17, f) 1 John 2:2, g) 1 John 4:10.
Propitiation is what occurred at the yearly “Day of Atonement” on top of the golden-lid or mercy-seat of the Ark of the Covenant, between the wings of the two golden cherubim to “pass over former sins” until Christ could do it in person on His cross (a), and no longer every year as the OT prescribed! Hebrews 10:1-18 explains: “But we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all . . . for when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God . . . for by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being made holy. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us, for after saying: ‘This is the [completely New in kind] Covenant that I will make with them . . . I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds,’ then He adds: ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’ Where there is forgiveness of these, there is not longer any offering for sin” (b) – see the New Covenant Ways page. <Notes> a) Roman 3:25, b) Hebrews 8:10-12; Romans 11:27; Jeremiah 31:31-34.
As Christian musicians, the only we can be made holy from God’s point of view and see that holiness from our point of view, is through the divine exchange of Christ’s obedience, self-control, righteousness, and holiness, for our lack.