The fourth and fifth offerings are the sin offering (chapter 4) and the guilt offering (chapter 5). These two offerings were not voluntary; both were to be made as a result of sin and reaffirmed the need for forgiveness. The sin offering was made after unintentional sin or being rendered unclean. The guilt offering was made after intentional acts of sin against others or after desecrating something holy.
Both of these offerings point to the one-time sacrifice Jesus made for all sin—intentional and unintentional. Jesus’ sacrifice was necessary to provide the forgiveness that gives the believer confidence that he or she is accepted by God. Not even a single sin remains to bring condemnation. This is the source of the believer’s hope and joy. When Christians sin, they live like their dead selves instead of who they are now in Christ. Remembering the scope and depth of Christ’s sacrifice for sin should cause us to cast aside our sin and seek to live holy lives pleasing to the Lord, who is so good to us.
What sins have you committed that you have not confessed to God and rested in His complete forgiveness and acceptance of you in Christ?