The book of Genesis chapter 4 gives an account of Cain and Abel offering sacrifices, no doubt, when they were of age. Scripture states that Abel offered a lamb as his sacrifice, which God accepted, while Cain offered the fruits of the field, which God rejected. Many have attempted to explain this, but most of the arguments have not been sound. This article explains what you need to know about offering an acceptable sacrifice to God.


Cain and Abel at the AltarCredit: Wikipedia

Why Abel’s Sacrifice was Accepted

The book of Hebrews, chapter 11 verse 1, states that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Down in verse 4, the Bible tells us that Abel offered a better offering by faith and God received it. When we put these thoughts together, it is apparent then that faith is a revelation of the will of God.

Revelation of truth comes solely by the Spirit of God. Truth is not perceivable by either the five senses of the body or the emotions of the human spirit; rather God’s Spirit reveals the same to the soul. Abel did not read Hebrews 9 verse 22, which states that there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood; but he got a revelation of the Lamb of God to come. The Bible was unwritten then. This spiritual revelation led him to offer the animal as a substitute typing Jesus the anti-type. Thus, before Abel offered his propitiation, he had God give a revelation first. For this reason, God honored his sacrificed.

The Problem with Cain’s Offering

We have already seen that God received Abel’s gift in the book of Hebrews. The scriptures, on the other hand, do not record Cain giving an offering based on faith. Thus, Cain approached the altar based on his imagination, and not God’s reveal will. The Lord did not honor effort, since the whole worship of Cain was contrary to the divine will.

The condition of Cain’s heart became more apparent after God honored Abel’s lamb offering. Jealousy took the better of him and he conceived murder in his heart. He could not bear to live together with the one that God had vindicated and went on to murder. It was all due to lack of revelation that this happened. God prefers that people await spiritual revelation before presenting offerings to him.

Getting in the Spirit before Going through the Acts

The book of Revelation, chapter 1, records that the Apostle John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day on the isle of Patmos. In the Bible, the book of Revelation is the only one whose message is exclusively in symbols. For John to experience the tremendous visions of these symbols, he had to get in the Spirit first. Visions and supernatural visitations cannot come by human effort, but only by the Spirit’s inspiration. John was lifted up in the Holy Spirit to see the future events concerning the church, God’s plan of redemption and the consummation.

John’s experience on the isle of Patmos holds an important lesson for the Christian: that of getting in the Spirit before going through the acts. For the Lord to receive an individual’s service and offerings, the person needs to be in contact with God in order to offer the right gifts

Apostle John on isle of PatmosCredit: Wikipedia


Revelation of God’s will is supreme, and is what a worshiper needs to know in order to offer an acceptable sacrifice all the time. The Lord does not just embrace all manner of offerings, but only those that are in line with his will, which he reveals to individuals.