25 … as a propitiation in His blood …. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed … (Romans 3).
The word forbearance means to hold up in the midst — so, God holds up — He keeps Himself from acting out His justifiable wrath. Wrath over what? Sins. He holds up in the midst of sins. And how does He hold up in the midst of sins? He passes over them. Until Jesus came and shed His precious blood, the blood of animals was used to pass over judgment of sins. It began with that first Passover in Egypt, when the blood of a lamb was brushed on the doorposts of homes to keep the Israelites safe from God’s judgment, as the death angel passed through their midst — and passed over their homes, not killing the firstborn in that home.
Then Jesus came and died, shedding His blood — the only blood that could satisfy God’s wrath (propitiation) — by judging sins once and for all. Until then, God had only passed over them. But at the cross He judged them once for all, laying them on His own firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15). This is the meaning of Hebrews 10:5 — For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Only the blood of Jesus allows God to take away sins. All other blood provided a means for God only to pass over them.
Lord, I’m so glad our sins have been judged once and for all, and not just passed over time and time again! Thank You for Your amazing forbearance in our lives, and thank You for Your righteous judgment of our sins at the cross! Help us This Day to live as those whose sins have been paid for, not just passed over. Amen.