Sin, Sacrifice and Faith

How did sacrifices suffice to forgive sin?

I have no idea.

Why can Christ’s sacrifice take away sins?

I have no idea.

I can’t explain it. I can try. I can give you nice sounding answers about mercy, love, justice, blood, etc. I can quote what theologians say about it so I don’t have to think any further on it. But honestly, still, why does it work?

The best answer I can come up with is this: because God said so.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. If God says to do animal sacrifices, then do animal sacrifices. If He says to place faith in the blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then do that.

Faith is the main issue behind it all. I know there is no other solution for escaping hell than to fully trust Jesus Christ in all He is and all He did.

Bringing thousands of dead animals may not mean anything. Making lofty pronouncements about happy Jesus thoughts may not avail. But faith secures the grace that saves.

One thought on “Sin, Sacrifice and Faith”

  1. Jeff,

    One thing that the sacrifices taught, partly at the beginning, when the fig leaves were exchanged for skins of the sacrifice, but more completely later when the sanctuary was built, was that sin was not just an action, but a life force that had been corrupted and needed to be cleansed away.

    The victim provided a vehicle for the cleansing. When the penitent put hands upon the victim, sin was “in figure” transferred to the victim, who then suffered the punishment.

    “In the blood is the life”, and so by the transfer of the blood of the victim, this forfeited life of the sinner was then transferred into the sanctuary, either by sprinkling, or by the priest eating the sacrifice and then going into the temple.

    I would say this is a great point that is almost completely lost today. It is common to hear Christians pray, “Lord forgive me for this sin, and help me never to do it again.” I prayed that myself many times in my younger days, and it did not work. Sin is not just an action, that needs forgiveness, it corrupts life, and that corrupted life needs cleansing, and replacement with a new life.

    So the apostle wrote, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confession brings both forgiveness (for the deed), and cleansing (from the corruption). But this promise can only be realized if we really confess all that the sin is: not just the action, but also the corrupt life.

    In this way, the blood of Christ becomes a living power that each person can experience for himself. Here is the real evidence that there is a God, and that Christ is divine…each person may have the proof in himself. It is the best answer we can give to atheists.

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