Allusions to Sacrifices
The N.T. is full of allusions to sacrifices, sacrifices that we perform in the cathedral of our bodies instead of at a temple. The totality of our being is to be presented as “living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). We also sacrifice with words of praise from our lips and the sharing of our resources with others. “Through Jesus, therefore let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praisethe fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16). Giving our money to the Lords work is pictured as a “fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Philippians 2:17). We now, as the temples of God, are required to present sacrifices to Him, not the sacrifice for sin because Christ already accomplished that on the cross, but sacrifices of worship and thanksgiving.