13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
Brethren, shall we be there?
We may hope for it; we are invited; the terms are not exclusive; they are not impossible; though involving present self-denial.
The way is not impossible to walk in though 'tis narrow and thinly frequented. All the conditions are most reasonable, most beautiful and most sweet. God asks us to believe in Him, to have faith in His promises, to love Him, to glorify Him, to be reverently submissive to His appointments, to be obedient to His commandments and to be steadfast to the last in compliance with all these particulars. It is written
"great peace have they that love Thy law."
Can we not appeal to every man who answers to this description for confirmation? Nothing but peace and sweetness in the inner man comes from compliance with the ways of godliness. The perturbances toward men are the mere superficial sensations of the passing moment.
"Godliness is profitable to the life that now is"
in this respect as well as that which is to come.
15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
The Abrahamic Covenant ...does not exclude the use of sacrifice. It was typically ratified or confirmed by the sacrifice of animals consumed by fire from heaven before the Mosaic law was given; so, when the things it covenants are fully accomplished in the Age to Come, sacrifice will be restored, not as typical of the future, but as a memorial of the past.
Blood shedding in the Age to Come will commemorate the shedding of the blood of Jesus in the end of the Mosaic Age. It will occupy the position in "the Service," that the breaking of the loaf does now to mortal believers of the truth in hope of the glory of God.
...When he appears a second time this form of remembrance will cease; for it was to be observed to use his words, "Until I come."
Shall we say, that when this unbloody memorial of his sacrificial death shall cease by the statute which limits it, there will be no memorial ordained to keep it in remembrance throughout the Age to Come? If we affirm this we must reject all that testimony adduced in the former part of this article, which declares the restoration of sacrifice. Its restoration is certain.
And when restored, upon what principle will it exist? Will it represent the sacrifice of a future Christ? That is impossible. Then it will not be typical. Will it be as the procuring cause of the remission of the sins of the people living in that age? That would be to ignore the death of Jesus, which is inadmissible. Will it be to render purifying a new covenant? None such exists to be confirmed and dedicated. Will it be for the cleansing of the resurrected saints? For them, there is "no more sacrifice for sins," having been by the one offering of Jesus sanctified and perfected for ever. It is upon none of these principles.
There remains, then, but one other principle upon which sacrificial bloodshedding can be restituted in the Age to Come; and that is, the one already set forth, even as a memorial of the consecration of the Abrahamic Will by the blood of Jesus, styled "the blood of the covenant;" by the which the future rulers of the world are now sanctified; and the future nations of that world, Gentile and Jewish, will be made holy through the dedicatory offering of Jesus Christ once.
Thus will "God have justified the nations through faith" as he promised to Abraham, saying, "In thee shall all nations be blessed." So that then "they which be of faith," be they individuals or nations, "will be blessed with faithful Abraham."
Sacrifice in the age to come - Herald Dec 1854