We know that in order to have peace, we must be the person that God created us to be. That person stands in the very presence of God because they have have been accepted as a child of the Living God.
We also know that in order for a person (who is born in darkness) to be able to stand in the presence of God (who is light) that person must be transformed into light also. This is done through the work of Jesus who takes our darkness and replaces it with His light.
These two acts can be seen in two of the three sacrifices of Leviticus.
The first sacrifice is called the “Sin Offering” or the “Atonement offering” or the “Purification offering” - all of which mean the same thing, that we are not worthy to enter the presence of God because we are “unclean” or “unholy”. So the first sacrifice takes care of this problem by cleansing us and using the blood of a substitute offering (the lamb) to make us acceptable before God. This is the work of Jesus.
The second sacrifice is called the “Burnt Offering” because it is the only time the entire offering is destroyed in the fire. This symbolizes a special meal - the best of what we can offer - given to God (our King) as a tribute to declare our obedience and allegiance to only Him. This gives us entry into the very throne room of the Living God. This is where we find peace and this is our ultimate goal — to be near God.
But what then? What happens when we have gained access to God?
The third sacrifice shows us what we need to do next - live righteously before God and with each other. This is called the “Fellowship Offering”. It consists of two parts. First, after the sacrifice is killed, all the fatty parts (considered the best parts) are put on the altar and burned up as a tribute to God (as with the Burnt Offering). Then, the rest of the meat is put on a grill (not the altar) and cooked. When it is ready, it is shared between the offeror, the priests, and anyone else that is nearby. It is a BBQ meant to unite believers is “fellowship”.
If the first offering corresponds to our connection with Jesus, and the second offering corresponds to our connection with God, the Father, then this offering should correspond to our connection with the Holy Spirit. This would suggest that the work of the Holy Spirit should lead us fellowship with God and with His people. This is shown in 1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sins.
We will talk about this break down later, but I want to focus on the idea of walking in the light. When we have passes through the first sacrifice and been transformed into creatures of light, we will WALK with God.
The concept of walking with God has been through the Bible. The most striking example is Enoch (Gen. 5:24) Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took Him.
Noah walked with God. Abraham walked with God. Moses walked with God. And so did many other people through the pages of scripture. But what does it mean to “Walk” with God.
Paul said: The Righteous man shall live by faith. (another translation says “walk by faith”- Rom. 1:17). Righteousness means to “live right”. In other words, if you want to live your best life you need to filter everything through the lens of faith. You have been washed by Jesus and now walk with God - this should color everything you do and everywhere you go. For example, you could ask yourself if the things you watch on TV would be something you would watch if Jesus was sitting in the room with you - or you could say: “What Would Jesus Do”.
Paul also said: For we live by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7).
This is not an easy path to walk because there are so many things that can distract us from being focused on God - that is why Jesus offered us this help (John 14:26): But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit wants to help you walk righteously.
This is discipleship.