The number of years that you have been in Christ makes no difference when it comes to the Grace of God.
From the story of Cain and Abel, we can see the example of two kinds of worshippers. One of them, Cain, a farmer, approached God with the fruits of the ground, while Abel, a shepherd, brought the firstlings of a his flock, which the Bible described as, “a more excellent sacrifice.”
One could argue, that if Cain understood why Abel’s offering was more acceptable, he would have also done likewise… This is where Grace steps in…
Even though Cain was the older sibling, it made no difference in the sight of God. And so it happens in this natural world, where those who have just come to know the Lord sometimes have a greater and closer relationship with God, than those who have been saved for centuries. It is simply grace that makes the difference.
Why did God consider Abel’s sacrifice well pleasing, but reject Cain’s sacrifice?
Abel offered the best of his livestock to God. He offered a blood sacrifice for the atonement of his sins. Abel, offered by faith, a well pleasing sacrifice to God. His offerings pointed to the greater sacrifice of Christ’s Atonement: Christ’s death on the Cross; The Lamb of God, “who takes away the sin of the world.” There is no way Abel could have known this in the natural sense, except by the Spirit of God. Abel presented his sweet smelling offering to God, by Faith.
Cain’s approach to God was completely different. He came to God legalistically. Being a farmer, he offered the produce of the of the ground. However, he did not bring his offering by faith. Cain’s anger at Abel and Cain’s conversation with God reveal the condition of Cain’s heart. Even when God pointed it out to him, he refused to change (Genesis 4:1-12, Hebrews 4:6). He did not understand the meaning of the blood, he did not see himself as a sinner and that needed atonement for his sins.
Those who cease from self-justifying works of the flesh possess divine rest that comes from trusting in Christ alone. Only Christ can do what no amount of human works can do. No one can be justified by the works of human hands.
Abel’s faith is listed among the great giants of faith in the Bible ( Hebrews 11). Though Cain tried to permanently silence Abel, he failed, as Abel’s faith still speaks resoundingly loud and clear to us today (Hebrews 11:4).
“We are saved by grace and not by works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We are called by grace, through faith in Christ. Salvation is by grace alone. This should comfort you if you believe in Christ today. It is by Grace you have been saved and it is by Faith you receive both the earthly and eternal promises of God. While Abel’s blood cried out for vengeance, the blood of Jesus cries out mercy and grace. You have a new covenant in Christ, He is the fulfilment of God’s promise to you! Amen.
© Ruth DicksonUK
Heavenly Treasures Ministries
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