A New Approach

Re:Verse passage: Romans 12 (day five)

The Old Testament system asked for animals to be brought to the altar, sacrificed and burned for atonement. Jesus came, died, rose again and became the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sin(s). What now? A new approach and perspective on atonement is prescribed. Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

The altar is still an image and picture of God and His relationship with His people. We are exhorted to still come to the altar (alive) not to make an atoning sacrifice for our sin, but a living sacrifice, because atonement has already been made. R.C. Sproul says, “To be a Christian means to live a life of sacrifice, a life of presentation, making a gift of ourselves to God… that is the appropriate response to Him and for Him.”

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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