Paul says in verses like Rom.3:20 ~ For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin and Gal.3:24 ~ So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. When we look at these verses, it is crystal clear that no one can be saved and inherits eternal life through good works – the only way to be saved, is through Christ Jesus.
Paul also says a very interesting thing here in Rom.3 – he says that the law was given to man in order to reveal sin in part to man, but also to reveal God's gracious gift of cleansing man from sin. Leviticus 5 does exactly the same:
· It starts off with the things that have been left undone and are sin and then instructing the guilty in the way of purification.
· When we look at the sins, mentioned here in Lev.5, it helps us in the second place, to understand the nature of "sins of omission" that much better,
· But it also helps man in the third place, to appreciate God's high standard for holiness that much better.
· A fourth thing is that this chapter also displays God's grace in providing for sinners – not simply in allowing them to find purification through sacrificial atonement, but in making it possible for everyone, even the very poor, to have access to Him.
· Lastly, this chapter also introduces the requirement of confession for sin. This part of the ritual was of crucial importance, because without confession, the offering was empty and no forgiveness could be obtained.