Paid In Full

In the past, I have exhorted those who claim the Name of the Lord to study the Word in order to learn the foundation of their faith. Many “believers” languish in biblical ignorance because they do not (or do not know how) to study the bible (despite the multiple methods of bible study) – or they do not understand what they are reading

My brother Pastor DL Foster over at the blog Gay Christian Movement Watch has penned yet another excellent article entitled “What Do You Really Know About Your Faith”. In the article, Pastor Foster asks his readers to take a simple faith test by answering 10 basic questions about the Christian faith (and you’re suppose to answer the questions in your own words – no research allowed). Pastor Foster says:

If  want to start paying more attention to the fundamentals of our faith, here’s a brief quiz to test your knowledge. Try your best to answer without looking up any answers or asking anyone else. To truly gauge if you are up to par, just answer as best you know. These are pretty simple so you should have no problem…

1. What’s the penalty for sin?

2. Who is the Holy Spirit?

3. What’s the difference between temptation and testing?

4. What does the word “propitiation” mean?

5.  True or false. Jesus said water baptism is a prerequisite for salvation.

6.  What’s the difference between condemnation and conviction?

7. Was man created holy?

8. Was Jesus resurrected bodily or as a spirit?

9. Why did Jesus have to die?

10. According to the author, what is the intent of the gospel of John?

Of course, you’re welcome to visit his blog and leave your answers to the questions in the comment thread – but the purpose of this post is to focus on question #4 – “What does the word ‘propitiation’ mean?”. Once you truly grasp that concept, you will weep in acknowledgement of God’s grace towards those who He has willed to follow Him.

The word propitiation is defined as “satisfaction or appeasement.” (here’s an excellent article detailing propitiation and it’s importance to every believer). Jesus’ Crucifixion literally appeased the wrath of God (holding back the due punishment for our sinful nature) and satisfied (or paid) our sin debt. We see the illustration repeated throughout scripture – specifically in Romans 3:25, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:4.

So whenever you think you’ve “got it all together” and you relish “walking in the favor of God” because you’ve been programmed by a pulpit pimp to think that God owes you something, remember the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Christ literally paid your sin debt…in full.

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5 Responses to “Paid In Full”


  1. 1 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen October 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    That was one good test – had me digging into my Scriptures afterwards. I know so many folks who would fail that test hands-down, which is frightening considering they’ve spent between them close to a millenium in church.

    While I appreciate Christianity is not just for scholastics and “bookworms”, it does help immensely to have a good grasp of Biblical teaching

  2. 2 Ann Brock October 19, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for explaining #4!

  3. 3 Brian Foulks October 20, 2008 at 8:24 am

    This was a fact that I found in the scriptures about 4 years ago that rocked my world. And yes it had me in tears, without a doubt.God is the “all in all.”

  4. 4 gcmwatch October 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    My brother your exposition on Question #4 is blessed. As you brought out its not just the definition of the word, but its monumental impact and application to our lives that truly makes one fall down in humble submission.

  5. 5 Kayla October 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    i think this is a great test and for the most part, will make people think about what they really know about the Bible. but i wonder how many people know the meanings of these terms and concepts but don’t know them by these words. esp “propitiation”.


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