Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 20, 2012

Living Sacrifices

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”  Romans 12:1

“you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 2:5

Why would God tell his faithful to be living sacrifices when Jesus finished the ultimate sacrifice?  What are they sacrificing for?  Is it just to be nice?

“Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.”  Hebrews 5:1  “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”  Jesus is our high priest.

The high priest made the most important sacrifices at the tabernacle and temple.  But the priests also made sacrifices.  Jesus is our high priest and the bride of Christ [the church], are priests.  Therefore they must sacrifice also.  The priests’ sacrifices were lesser than the high priest.  Those who do not make their calling and election sure are akin to Levites.  They assisted in worship at the tabernacle and temple.  They also will help the priests with the sacrifices.  Finally, the common people ultimately will go to the priests to offer sacrifices.  In this way faith and works will work together for the restoration of paradise.

Many get the idea that Jesus did all the heavy lifting, and now we can just coast, proselytise and just be nice.  Kind of.  Jesus bought the entire race so they can be born again, but God will require all the people to repent and forgive their neighbors if they wish to live eternally.  Thus faith and works will reach their fulfillment.

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