CAIN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh” Hebrews 11:4

Leslie M John

Firstly it is in Hebrews 11:4

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh”

God desired animal sacrifice as we read in Hebrew 11:4 in preference to any other offering and that was a shadow of the things to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Earlier, God clothed Adam and Eve with coats of skin signifying that it is necessary that blood had to shed for the remission of sins and sin has to be covered. Jesus Christ died for our sake on the cross becoming our Passover lamb.

He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day and after appearing to many for forty days he ascended into heaven. Jesus will come back in the same way he ascended into heaven.

Secondly in 1John 3:12

“Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous”

If we look at the context where this verse appears we see that it deals with the brotherly love. Scripture says here that one should love another not as Cain showed his wickedness. Because Cain’s works were of evil he killed his brother. If we take this a step forward we see that Cain’s reply was very arrogant and rude to the Almighty God. Instead of repenting of what he had done Cain countered God with a question if he was his brother’s keeper.

There was absolutely no remorse on the part of Cain on his evil works but he was unrepentant and also turned away from the Lord. For a willful sinner there remains no sacrifice for sins. It was not about the Saved one that Hebrews 10:26 spoke but of the unsaved one who sins willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth that there remains no more sacrifice.

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26)

Cain saw his parents were pardoned although they were driven out from the Garden of Eden, yet their salvation was not lost. But Cain blatantly refused to tread the path of righteousness and repentance. That is why he was wandering like a fugitive and vagabond, yet not like a beggar but could build city. It was his earthly abode where he lived and wandered without rest. He possessed yet not enjoyed any of his possessions. He lived but did not live happily.

Thirdly in Jude 1:11

“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core”

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, wrote about false teachers and said that they had gone in the way of Cain, showing unrighteousness, rebellion, and disobedience and also desired of gaining wealthand power just as Balaam tried to gain, but perished.

God calls those unrepentant to repent and turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me”. (Revelation 3:20)