1 Peter 2 “Spiritual Sacrifices”
Be ye holy as I am holy saith the Lord God Almighty.
With holiness comes a clean sweep of the old man. The woman who lost the precious coin swept her house until she found it and we as believers are to sweep our houses so we can get rid of all evil, deceit, hypocrisy and all slander. Then being built up as a spiritual house we are now fully a holy priesthood ready to offer spiritual sacrifices.
Unlike the OT sacrifices of an animal drained of its blood; we are now living stones, living sacrifices because Jesus paid the price and his blood was shed in our place.
Now coming to Him as a living stone we are to offer, carry up or bring to Him those sacrifices that are acceptable [well received] to God “through” Jesus Christ. We ourselves are to be a ‘living sacrifice’ even with all of our warts and foibles. No matter, because once we become a living stone we are a “new creation, what is old is passed away.’ We are as Rom 8:29 says, being conformed to the image of God’s chosen and precious Son, rejected by men but in whom He takes great delight. As a new creation, we are to be offering sacrifices of praise, the fruit of our lips. [Heb 13:15] and we are to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. We are to prepare our hearts to offer gifts of thanksgiving. [Ps 116:17] “let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe” [Heb 12] We are to offer up the gospel to those in darkness.
“The service of man is the service of God.” [MacLaren]