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New Testament / Grace Sacrifices

Animal sacrifices ceased at Calvary, but there are still sacrifices believers can make, under grace, that are pleasing and acceptable to the Lord today.

NT Passage
Sacrifice in View

Mark 12:33--“And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices

Loving the Lord.
Loving your neighbor.

Romans 12:1--“I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

All of yourself.

Philippians 2:17-18--“Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me

"offered" = poured out*

Faith of others.

Philippians 4:18--“But I have all, and abound. I am full, having received of Epaproditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God

Finances/Material belongings.

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 share forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well-pleased

Giving thanks.

1 Peter 2:4-5--“ whom, coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."

Spiritual sacrifices.

See also: Ephesians 5

*Boice, James Montgomery. Philippians, An Expositional Commentary, (Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI), 1971, pp. 175-176. Poured out “is a technical word for a certain part of a pagan sacrificial offering....Paul is referring to this offering. And he is saying this: “I know that you are worried about me because I am in prison in Rome and my life may soon be offered up upon a pagan altar. But life is not the important thing. The important thing is your faith. The faith is the substantial and valuable offering. And it is itself a sweet fragrance to God. When my life is poured out it will only be the drink offering poured out upon the far greater offering of your faith.” It means that Paul was placing his own achievements, even his own martyrdom, at a very low point on the scale of Christian service."


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