Video preaching on ‘Christ’s Propitiation’ (hilasmos) plus remarks regarding another preacher that showed-up

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On this morning I preached from 1 John 4:7-11, I zoomed-in on Christ’s propitiatory sacrifice.

What did Christ’s propitiatory work implicate?

  • That Christ atoned for the sins of His church
  • That Christ is the Lamb…the mercy seat
  • That Christ fully appeased the wrath of God (for His church)
  • That Christ reconciles the sinner to His Father
  • That Christ expiates sin (and removes the stain of sin)
  • That Christ placates Divine wrath
  • That Christ annuls the power of sin
  • That Christ covers and remits sin.

One of the fellows in this line later contacted me. He’s ripe for the harvest, but only the Lord knows.

After this sermon I attended a conference. One of the many Professors said the following ~

“There are two things necessary for salvation. 1) There must be a penalty paying for sin. 2) There must be righteousness. Christ paid the penalty for His Church, and it is Christ’s righteousness that we must be imputed with.”

Additional: Unfortunately the following incident occurred. A preacher from southwest Riverside County arrived after I had already began laboring the Gospel (via tracts & conversations). Mark began to preach over my talking. When I spoke to him about it, letting him know that it was inappropriate, he began asserting his 1st amendment right of “free speech,” and insisted that he was doing nothing wrong.

The sad thing is, he’s done this before over the last 2 ½ years. Once at the IRS office while I was distributing tracts, and handing out bottles of water, he showed up, and just started ‘preaching over’ what I was already doing. I actually stopped him and asked why he was doing this. He claimed “free speech,” and that he had driven a long drive from southwest Riverside County. I only allowed him to continue his message, because he had already started, plus arguing in front of the general public would not be wise.

Each time I’ve seen him arrive where I was already laboring, he arrived after me, and then would claim “It’s my freedom of speech,” or “it’s my right.” Christians, just because it may be your constitutional right, doesn’t mean that it’s Biblically right. Though Americans and Christians have benefited from the 1st Amendment, Christians need to act more like Christians, and less like Americans. Lest our constitution or “rights” become pride or idolatry.

Furthermore, this preacher knows that I have agreed with the Social Security Administration to stop preaching by 8:30AM sharp, but this preacher (Mark) still attempts to preach after I had already preached, and even after 8:30AM.

It is my desire to not just engage in what is known as ‘drive by preaching.’ But to labor daily at the same places for years. And to not just preach, but to preach and teach, and to minister to them, and pray for them, and when the Lord opens the door – disciple them.

Though 1 Corinthian 6 was speaking of law suits, and to not take our problems before the unsaved world, I believe 1 Cor. 6 is applicable here. Therefore I ‘edited-out’ this unsettling incident from this video, so that the general public may not see it.

It is wrong to force yourself upon another man’s ministry such as this. Paul said in Romans 15:20, “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:”

Matthew Poole said,

“He gives us a reason why he chose to preach the Gospel in these places, because Christ had not been named or preached there before; this, he saith, was his ambition, and a thing that he greatly coveted; he was unwilling to build upon another man’s foundation, to put his sickle into another’s harvest, to derive the glory to himself which would be due to others 2 Cor. x. 15, 16.”  [1]

Matthew Henry said,

“Not but that Paul preached in many places where others had been at work before him; but he principally and mainly laid himself out for the good of those that sat in darkness. He was in care not to build upon another man’s foundation, lest he should thereby disprove his apostleship, and give occasion to those who sought occasion to reflect upon him.” [2]

Paul Trapp said,

Lest I should build. Lest I should seem to do anything unbeseeming the office of an apostle; there is a decorum to be kept in every calling.” [3]

Gill’s exposition says,

“but he chose not to go where they had laid the foundation by preaching Christ and his Gospel, that he might not take another man’s crown, or boast in another man’s line, or of other men’s labours; but rather to go where others had never been, that he might first lay the foundation himself, by preaching Christ, and him crucified, and so the more act up to his character as an apostle, and as the apostle to the Gentiles.”

Cambridge Bible commentary said,

“He avoided this, probably, both from consciousness of the vastness of untouched heathendom, and from scrupulous avoidance of needless discord on secondary points.”

Having said that. I have arrived at places with the intent to preach, but to discover that a preacher was already present. If they asked me to assist them, I will, if not, then I simply leave.

[1] Matthew Poole, Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Bible, Vol. III, Virginia: MacDonald Publishing Company) 533.

[2] Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the whole Bible (Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1991) 1791.

[3] John Trapp, Trapp’s Commentary on the New Testament (Michigan: Baker Book House, 1981) 516.

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