A Short Study of Genesis 3:21

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
(Genesis 3:21)

When Adam sinned, the LORD provided a sacrifice to die in the stead of the fallen man and his wife. The LORD killed and skinned animals in order to cloth our guilty, naked parents. The animals were innocent of any rebellion against God and thus was implemented a vital truth seen throughout the Bible: if the guilty are to be delivered from judgment, an innocent victim must die in their place. In chapter four of Genesis, we find Abel offering to God “of his flock” (verse 4) to die in his stead. While Abel was a guilty sinner, the animal was not and it was sacrificed to God as his substitute. Hundreds of years later, when the Passover lambs were slain, God commanded that they be “without blemish” and to make certain there was no imperfection, the lambs were to be kept up four days for inspection (Exodus 12:5-6). Of course none of those sacrifices could ever put away sin, but they all pointed to the one offering that would, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. When Christ died, He was the Innocent dying for the guilty to satisfy divine justice.

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)

Christ was the High Priest and the sacrifice which He offered was Himself which was not and could not be contaminated with sin. He was the perfect and innocent sacrifice unto God, which is why Paul said He was “a sweet smelling savour” (Ephesians 5:2). He was the unblemished, unspotted offering presented to God in the stead of His guilty people which was accepted as was evidenced by His resurrection. O glorious message of good news! The Innocent died and arose for the guilty, sins have been put away, everlasting righteousness has been brought in and all for whom the Substitute laid down His life shall live forever.

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