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 committed even in ignorance? Is there cleansing from these?
In the book of Leviticus 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, a bloodless sacrifice, pictured sanctification, in which we give of our best to the Master. The peace offering again pictures Calvary, but centres on the benefits the believer receives from Christ’s death, namely, peace. The sin and trespass offerings were made after the others had been offered. In other words, these had to do with the lingering defilements of contact with this sinful world.
As guilty sons and daughters of Adam’s 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 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 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 in the merits of the shed blood of Christ.