My friend, may I ask you a question? Is there ever a reason for total control, total power, absolute hegemony over anything? What about sin? Unless someone has hegemony over sin what would happen to all of us? Wouldn’t sin ultimately crush us?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
“Quid Pro Quo.” Hardly a week passes when we don’t hear or see this Latin phrase. Just yesterday I was listening to a news broadcast that used the term relative to a business dealing between a government agency and a foreign company. Quid Pro Quo? So, what does that mean anyway. The Latin term means in familiar language, “This for that” or “Tit for tat.” On the surface that doesn’t sound so bad, but in the context of the exchange of money for influence, which was the connotation in the news story, it’s not ethical. To exchange a large sum of money to have a great amount of influence over someone or something is a bad thing. It means that a minority of one is gaining a hegemony of power over many without the consent of the many. Doesn’t sound so good, does it.
But, is that always a bad thing? Is there ever a reason for total control, total power, absolute hegemony over anything? What about sin? Unless someone has hegemony over sin what would happen to all of us? Wouldn’t sin ultimately crush us?
Martin Lutheran wrote. “Propitiation has to do with what brings about a change in God's attitude toward us, so that we are restored to the fellowship and favor of God. In a sense, propitiation points to God's being appeased. If I am angry because you have offended me, but you then appease me, the problem will be removed. Thus propitiation brings in the personal element and stresses that God is no longer angry with us. Propitiation is the result of expiation. The expiation is the act that results in God's changing His attitude toward us. Expiation is what Christ did on the cross. The result of Christ's act of expiation is that God is propitiated. It is the difference between the ransom that is paid and the attitude of the One receiving the ransom.” (Tabletalk, June 13, 1990.)
Quid Pro Quo. God was angry with us over sin. We were an offense to him because of our sin. God decided on the only Quid Pro Quo with the weight of equity. God declared that I will give you this (absolution from your sin guilt)—Quid, in return for (Pro) that (the sacrifice of his only Son) —Quo. 1 John 2:2 declares about Jesus. “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” By his sacrifice the ransom was paid that was required by God for him to abate his anger and put it away.It was the perfect “This for that.” God declares a hegemony of power over all sinners by a ransom paid. Quid Pro Quo works just this once for just this reason. There aren’t two parties involved, just one: God and his Son.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for taking control, total control over the reign of sin on this earth. Without your willingness to gain hegemony over it, it would surely crush us. You paid the price and received the ransom so dearly needed to pay for the sin debt we could not pay. Forgive us Lord when we forget what it cost you as propitiation for our sin. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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