“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. God sent His Son to appease Himself for our sins while we were yet sinning (Romans 5:8); that tells you how much He loves man (John 3:16). His nature is love, and His love for man makes Him appeasable. The LORD is capable of being appeased or pacified. He is ever willing to also blot away man’s sins. As a matter of fact, He has already done it.
God hates sin, not the sinner. Sin is in sinners. It is mingled with their spirits. They are one with it, which separates them from God. It is sin that will be punished, not man; and since they are one, the sinner will be punished with it. The truth is God punishes the sin that is in the sinner. Here, the sinful man will take part of the punishment because he is one with sin.
Thanks to God for separating man from sin for Himself. Titus 2:14 tells us God gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. He did that by setting forth His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, 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 (Romans 3:25). Jesus is the propitiation that declared God’s righteousness for the complete removal of sins; He appeased the wrath and conciliated the favor of God. There is no way man could have done this.
Now, we know that God sent the appeaser out of the unconditional love He has for man. 1 John 4:10 says it this way: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” God first loved us, so we can love Him. Hallelujah!