An Eternal Relationship
1 John 2:2
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
In these two verses, Jesus is referred to as the "propitiation for our sins." The Greek word, hilasmos, is used here and means that God the Son becomes a substitute sacrifice for our sin. He takes on our guilt, and on the cross, he suffers our punishment in our place. This was done as a result of God's perfect love for us, absolutely nothing done on our part. Simply put, the Triune God, the Son, dies in our place as an atonement for our sin. In this act, we are justified before God Almighty and relationship with Almighty God is the result.
John explains to us the process by which we are given eternal life and have relationship with our Creator. Our part requires that we be a living vessel for our Lord and Savior. We surrender our lives over to Christ. We are a new person in Christ. We live in relationship with our Heavenly Father that will last an eternity!