God wants Pure Sacrifices
"Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."-- Psalms_119:11.
A sacrifice was to be pure, without blemish, in the Old Testament.
Jesus was that sacrifice for us. He had no blemishes, no sin. Everyone has been born in sin, with a sin nature, bound by the power of the old nature, the flesh, the senses and selfishness; except Jesus.
The miracle of the cross is that anyone that will repent, except the cleansing blood of Christ, daily take up our own cross, keeping the senses and selfishness dead; will be free from sin and the old nature's power.
We will, in continual obedience to the Holy Spirit, which we can have living within, be able to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, as all sacrifices are supposed to be.
As we live under true grace (the divine influence that is reflected in how we live, talk, etc.), remove all conformity to the world and its ways, we will be pure, holy, blameless, as the Word of God teaches.
We are, according to Paul, to present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy (sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated)) acceptable (fully agreeable) which is our logical, reasonable, service.
(acceptable - From G3000; ministration of God, that is, worship:) (G3000 - From ??????? latris (a hired menial); to minister (to God), that is, render religious homage:)
How many, that call themselves by the name of Christ, believe any of this? As I view the writings and observe the appearance, listen to the things that are talked about, etc.; most modern 'professing' 'Christians' are more conformed to the ways of the world than influence by or conformed to, the ways of Christ (Christ in them, or they in Christ, with the evident fruit, flowing out of their lives, establishing the Truth. The Divine influence changes the thoughts, the meditation, the speech and the actions of anyone that is truly dead to self and the flesh; who has been born again in Jesus Christ receiving and keeping His new nature.).
Most of the current participants of the 'Deeper Life' forum, on the C&MA web site, do not believe that their life can be free from sin, dead to the self-life. If they could only understand the idea of being a living sacrifice; they would not be proud of sinning. They would see that God wants us to be born again and know the power of Christ's sacrifice which frees us from the power of sin and death.
Malachi says that God does not want sick, diseased, crippled, etc. sacrifices. Paul tells us to be holy, pure before we present ourselves as a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1 " ... make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship."
If we are not presenting ourselves as a blameless, holy sacrifice then we fall under the rebuke of Malachi, making light of God's name.
Mal 1:6 "A son naturally honors his father and a slave respects his master. If I am your father, where is my honor? If I am your master, where is my respect? The LORD who rules over all asks you this, you priests who make light of my name! But you reply, 'How have we made light of your name?'
Mal 1:7 You are offering improper sacrifices on my altar, yet you ask, 'How have we offended you?' By treating the table of the LORD as if it is of no importance!
Mal 1:8 For when you offer blind animals as a sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer the lame and sick, is that not wrong as well? Indeed, try offering them to your governor! Will he be pleased with you or show you favor?" asks the LORD who rules over all.
Mal 1:9 But now plead for God's favor that he might be gracious to us. "With this kind of offering in your hands, how can he be pleased with you?" asks the LORD who rules over all.
Mal 1:10 "I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, so that you no longer would light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you," says the LORD who rules over all, "and I will no longer accept an offering from you.
Mal 1:11 For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD who rules over all.
Mal 1:12 "But you are profaning it by saying that the table of the Lord is common and its offerings despicable.
Mal 1:13 You also say, 'How tiresome it is.' You turn up your nose at it," says the LORD who rules over all, "and instead bring what is stolen, lame, or sick. You bring these things for an offering! Should I accept this from you?" asks the LORD.
Mal 1:14 "There will be harsh condemnation for the hypocrite** who has a valuable male animal in his flock but vows and sacrifices something inferior to the Lord. For I am a great king," says the LORD who rules over all, "and my name is awesome among the nations."
**hypocrite, deceiver H5230 - A primitive root; to defraud, that is, act treacherously:
It is common practice, in the church world today, to treat the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ as 'common'. Common means that it is not holy, special, sacred; it is something you do every day without any special consideration.
They will have to give account for their carelessness in regard to Jesus' sacrifice. People ask forgiveness like they are taking a daily bath after a careless romp through the mud, when they are told over and over to stay away from the mud. Is that not rebellion, something that God compares with witchcraft??
Many are quick to quote verses, that they do not understand, as in 1 John chapter 1, but do not read, understand, or live 1 John chapters 2-5.
"...And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure). Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin."
"Everyone who resides in him does not sin; everyone who sins has neither seen him nor known him." 1 John 3:3-6
Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, In what way have we wearied Him? [You do it when by your actions] you say, Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord and He delights in them.
I do not see any difference between this verse and the belief that I am eternally secure of my eternal life while I live conformed to this world, in sin and disobedience to what I know is good or right. The idea today is that one lives in sin, but is called good because Jesus is good. That is an offense to God, as I read from the heart or spirit of Malachi and what the Holy Spirit is trying to warn us about through the writings of Malachi.
Here is the Noah Webster definition of evil.
E'VIL, a. e'vl. [Heb. to be unjust or injurious, to defraud.]
1. Having bad qualities of a natural kind; mischievous; having qualities which tend to injury, or to produce mischief.
Some evil beast hath devoured him. Gen 37.
2. Having bad qualities of a moral kind; wicked; corrupt; perverse; wrong; as evil thoughts; evil deeds; evil speaking; an evil generation.
3. Unfortunate; unhappy; producing sorrow, distress, injury or calamity; as evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.