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Living Sacrifice

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 By Glenn Ward

Under the Law of Moses many animals were sacrificed to cover the sins of the Jews. Their sins were remembered every year. More animals would have to be killed, to have their blood to cover the sins for another year. All year long animals were sacrificed as the Jews sinned and became aware of their sins (Leviticus Chapter 4). The blood of the animals could not take away the sins of the Jews (Hebrews 10:4). Their sins were remembered year after year by God. God required the life of a sinless man to pay for the sins of the world. There was not any man that could atone for the sins of the world. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). God had a plan before the foundation of the world to save all men, not just the Jews, from their sins. His plan was to bring His son Jesus into the world through the Jews. Jesus would come, in the flesh, and live among men. He would be tried and tempted but He would not sin. Jesus offered His perfect body, to die on the cross, to pay for the sins of the world (Hebrews 9:23-28). Jesus died once for the sins of the world, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God. The people, of all nations, can be saved from their sins and Jesus will add them to His church (Acts 2:47). God takes more pleasure in one who obeys than in one sacrificing an animal because of sin.

Under the Law of Jesus Christ, no animals will be sacrificed for the forgiveness of sins. All people and not just the Jews,can be saved. Jesus died once and for all to pay for the sins of the world. God requires one become a living sacrifice to be saved from their sins (Romans 12:1-2). How can we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice? We must look to the New Testament for instructions on what we must do to be saved. Obeying the gospel we are saved from our sins and Jesus will add us to His church. We are told that which we obey we enslave ourselves to. Whether it be good or bad (Romans 6:15-19). In other words we sacrifice our lives to serve God. Paul said it was not he that lived but it was Christ that lived in him. He could do all things through Jesus Christ. We do not become a living sacrifice when we assemble with the saints. We are a living sacrifice 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Whenever a situation arises we are to sacrifice our time to serve Jesus. We cannot ignore all the things that we need to do, in this world, but we must arrange our time to put God first in all we do. Jesus suffered for us to the point of giving His life. We need to understand just how much He suffered that we might live. It is hard to understand the love God and Christ has for us. We must love God and Christ in order to serve as a living sacrifice. We have to love the word of God to obey His word. God did not need the sacrifices of animals and He does not need one to become a Christian. However, God loves every one and wishes all would come to repentance. God does not need us but we surely need God. We must obey the gospel to be reconciled to God. We only have two choices in the world to come, heaven or hell. Both are going to exist eternally.  One is eternal torment in hell and the other is eternal bliss in heaven. From the judgment of the nations, we can see that serving our fellow man is the same as serving Jesus. If we do not serve others we are not serving Jesus (Matthew 25). Examine yourselves to see if you are a living sacrifice or dead in your sins.