Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today's Favorite

Today’s favorite word: Propitiation. In other words(!), you might as well be happy with God because He is happy with you.

God didn’t just take away your sin, having credited it to Jesus at the cross. He also happily made Himself completely favorable toward you. You lost something (sin) and gained something—favor. Complete! That’s why His offer of Life is for everyone.

And that’s the way of grace.


  1. Brenda Hollman6:42 PM

    Thanks Ralph!! Taking Liberty right now to merge on to Grace Dr!! :) Hope to be driving on that for the rest of my life!! :)

  2. Jake Enns6:43 PM

    There are no legitimate traffic cops on Grace Drive, drive on Brenda, peddle to the metal drive on and on and on.

  3. Joyce Ewing6:43 PM

    Love this!

  4. Stephanie Park Mendrala6:44 PM

    Thanks again Ralph Harris for reminding us of how pleased He is with us!

  5. Bob Clark6:45 PM

    I appreciate the gift that Jesus has given you so much, Ralph. Simple, clear, easy to understand... and profound. Just like Jesus!! I'm copying again!

  6. Tom Bradshaw6:54 PM

    What a humbling thought for the carnal minded ...guilty too often .. yet am coming to know the truth of these words --yet i seem so far from them ... knowing still , they are not out of reach , just surrender to the truth

  7. If, indeed, you are God's workmanship, then I suspect He is happily working with you right now, Tom. It's His pleasure, and your delight.

  8. Tom Bradshaw6:54 PM

    You are so right my learned elder -- as you may well suspect -- still learning of my new found revelation of GRACE -- yes its been about a year , but learning just the same -- religion had me WAY to long ..thanks for your encouragement

  9. I know all about religion and flesh and the toxic junk that produces. I live as you do! Remind me, and I'll remind you of what we have in Christ. Deal?

  10. Carolyn Kistner11:28 PM

    Ralph doesn't propitiate mean appease ... to win someone's favor, conciliate, make peace, reconcile, resolve differences ... so propitiation in this context means ....?? just asking not challenging or arguing.

  11. Good question, Carolyn.
    The New Testament word, propitiation, carries the meaning of both removing a problem and of providing a benefit. But there’s more. When God makes propitiation for man, He does it because He loves, and so He can lavish that love unabated upon man—at full strength. Consider the following:

    “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

    Don’t you love that? That’s God! And that’s God for us.