Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What Happens When a Believer Sins?

He shall bring a ram . . . for a trespass offering.
LEVITICUS 5:18

Christians ought to live holy lives. Their sins have been blotted out by the precious blood of Christ, and their lives should be examples of godly living. But what happens when a believer sins? Most Christians do not commit open sins, but what about those sins committed even in ignorance? Is there cleansing from these?

The Lord in His infinite wisdom gave the children of Israel a series of sacrifices, each one having a different emphasis. The burnt offering was a picture of the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross. The meat offering, an unbloody sacrifice, pictured the work of sanctification, in which we are to give of our best to the Master. The peace offering again pictures Calvary, but centres on the benefits the believer receives from Christs death, namely, peace. The sin and trespass offerings were made after the others had been offered. In other words, these offerings had to do with the lingering defilements of contact with this sinful world.

As guilty sons and daughters of Adams fallen race, we must acknowledge our natural bent towards sin. It is only the sustaining grace of God that keeps us from sin. With all his efforts, the best Christian is still faulty. And Leviticus makes it clear that ignorance of our sin is no excuse. We are guilty before God.

But God made a way for Israel to deal with these lingering defilements. The sin and trespass offerings foreshadow Christ on the cross. Thank God, we have a trespass offering in Christ. The apostle John encouraged the saints not to sin, but he went on to say, If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (I John 2:1). Does some sin, known or unknown, steal your peace today? Come, confess it to Christ, and He will cleanse it. Start this day with a clean conscience, trusting the merits of the shed blood.

The way to cover our sin is to uncover it by confession.
Richard Sibbes

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