This week’s term: Reconciliation – The effect of atonement. Essentially, reconciliation is propitiation or atonement in the New Testament sense. That is to say, by the death of Christ we are reconciled to, and at peace with God. Note: The same Greek word is rendered atonement and reconciliation, which is most often true in the Old Testament Hebrew as well. In Christ we have now received (Romans 5:11) the atonement which all the Old Testament gospel types promised. The proper conclusion should be that atonement in the New Testament sense should never be seen as less than total reconciliation to God.
Last week’s term: Propitiation – Essentially the same as atonement: covering, not in the sense of hiding, but in the sense of cancellation, as in mathematical or financial reconciliation.