New Testament Sacrifices by Apostle Segun Obadje

The Leverage Devotional

By Apostle Segun Obadje Ph.D

Monday, December 5, 2022

New Testament Sacrifices

Hebrews 13:15-16 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

We cannot serve or worship God without sacrifices. Sacrifices are meant to service the altar of worship unto God. God loves sacrifices. Under the Old Covenant, God ordained different sacrifices unto Israel with which to worship Him, such as burnt offering, meal offering, peace offering, sin offering and trespass offering. The relationship between the Israelites and God was serviced by their offerings. Under the New Covenant, the mode of worship and the type of offering offered unto God has changed because of the finished works of Christ at Calvary, but the essence of worship which is ascribing honour to God has not changed. We don’t slaughter animals and spill their blood anymore, but we still offer sacrifices or offerings unto God in the substance of the shadow of the Old Testament sacrifices. Our opening scripture tells us to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, by Jesus Christ, which is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name. It is a whole burnt offering of devotion to God wherein we give Him all the praise and ascribe to Him all the honour that is due Him wholeheartedly, for who He is and all that He has done for us. We let God’s praises ascend unto Him alone. It is New Testament to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, in the Name of Jesus Christ. We are to abound with thanksgiving unto the Lord, slaughtering the calves of our lips, giving thanks unto the Lord.

Secondly, the Word speaks of another kind of sacrifice in Hebrews 13:16. It says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”. Doing good and communicating with the needs of others is a peace offering which is a sacrifice well pleasing unto God. Liberality, hospitality, benevolence, and good deeds in the name of the Lord is a sacrifice of sweet fragrance, well pleasing unto God. We must be swift to respond to the needs and afflictions of neighbours and friends around us. The Church at Philippi communicated with Apostle Paul in his affliction by sending him things that he needed by the hands of Epaphroditus, and he called their sacrifice or offering, a fragrance of sweet perfume, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God (Philippians 4:15-18). Giving to the work of the Lord, to God’s ministers, to people in need, to the brethren, in the Name of the Lord, is a well pleasing sacrifice unto the Lord.

My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I worship God in spirit and in truth, giving Him thanks continually. I also abound with good works, blessing the work of God and humanity through liberality and creative hospitality.

Further Meditation: Philippians 4:15-19; 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

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