Christians ought to live holy lives. The precious blood of Christ has blotted out their sins, 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 in ignorance? Is there cleansing from these?
The Lord in His infinite wisdom gave Israel a series of sacrifices, each having a different emphasis and each representing a different aspect of the believer’s walk. The sin and trespass offerings [Leviticus 5] 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. God made a way for Israel to deal with these lingering defilements. The sin and trespass offerings foreshadow Christ on the cross.
The apostle John encouraged 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.” [1 John 2:1]. Start the day with a clean conscience, trusting in Jesus’ blood.