Expiation is the cancellation of sin. Expiation and propitiation are similar, but expiation does not carry the implication of dealing with wrath, of appeasing it through a sacrifice. Generally speaking, propitiation cancels sin and deals with God's wrath. Expiation is simply the cancellation of sin. Jesus was our propitiation (1 John 2:2; 4:10--"atoning sacrifice" in the NIV).

Websters 1828 dictionary, "expiation, "the act of atoning for a crime; the act of making satisfaction for an offense, by which the guilt is done away, and the obligation of the offended person to punish the crime is canceled."

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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.