Beware the Fleeting Forfeiture

October 16, 2013 at 11:12 am | Posted in The Fives | Leave a comment
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Under the Old Testament Levitical system, provision was made for the atonement of sins in the form of animal sacrifices. Christian believers under the New Testament have had their sins atoned for already by the propitiating work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross. Therefore, we are prohibited from bringing any other sacrifice. However, we may still glean some principles from that which has been abolished.

Old Testament and New Testament believers alike were/are commanded to confess their sins with specificity.

And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing:

Leviticus 5:5

Our confession of guilt before God means the forfeiture, not of a lamb, a goat, a dove, or a pigeon, but the forfeiture of our pride, because “confession” means that we are agreeing with God that we were wrong and He is right. The Old Testament required both sin offerings (for general areas of sinfulness) and trespass offerings (for specific violations of the Law of God). Christians certainly acknowledge their sinful condition which has been remedied only by the imputed righteousness of Christ the Lord, but we also need to get very detail-oriented in our prayers of confession and repentance, so that the Holy Spirit may help us to put aside the sins which so easily beset us. This is never easy, and it is often grievous, but the sooner we slaughter our pride on the altar of confession, the better off we will be and the sweeter our fellowship with God will be.

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