“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, KJV)

This Morning’s sermon features a not-so-familiar theological term, “propitiation. The word means “that which turns aside the wrath of God so that he is favorably disposed toward us.” It is used in Romans 3:25 and 1 John 2:2, 4:10 (KJV and ESV) and Hebrews 2:17 in the ESV, but because it’s an unusual Latin-root term, some contemporary translations find other ways to get across the idea it represents.