Lord’s Day January 19
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Hebrews 11:4 NKJV
The Excellency of Christ and His Work
Abel had faith, and, therefore, he offered both blood and fat, which, in type, set forth the presentation of the life, and also the inherent excellency of the Person of Christ (Gen. 4:4) . The blood set forth the former; the fat shadowed forth the latter. Both blood and fat were forbidden to be eaten under the Mosaic economy. The blood is the life; and man, under law, had no title to life. But, in the sixth of John, we are taught that unless we eat blood we have no life in us. Christ is the life. There is not a spark of life outside of Him. “In Him was life,” and in none else.
Now, He gave up His life on the cross; and to that life sin was, by imputation, attached when the blessed One was nailed to the cursed tree. Hence, in giving up His life, He gave up also the sin attached thereto, so that it is effectually put away, having been left in His grave from which He rose triumphant in the power of a new life, to which righteousness as distinctly attaches itself. This will help us to an understanding of an expression used by our blessed Lord after His resurrection: “A spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” He did not say “flesh and blood,” because in resurrection He had not assumed into His sacred Person the blood He had shed upon the cross as an atonement for sin.
Close attention to this point will have the effect of deepening, in our souls, the sense of the completeness of the putting away of sin by the death of Christ; and we know that whatever tends to deepen our sense of that glorious reality must necessarily tend to the fuller establishment of our peace, and to the more effectual promotion of the glory of Christ.
C. H. Mackintosh