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4 By faith [pistis] Abel [Abel] offered [prosphero] unto God [theos] a more excellent [pleion] sacrifice [thusia] than [para] Cain [Kain], by [dia] which [hos] he obtained witness [martureo] that he was [einai] righteous [dikaios], God [theos] testifying [martureo] of [epi] his [autos] gifts [doron]: and [kai] by [dia] it [autos] he being dead [apothnesko] yet [eti] speaketh [laleo] [laleo]. KJV-Interlinear
4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. NASB
When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they knew instantly that they had sinned and were now separated from God. They hid, the next time that Jesus Christ came walking in the garden looking for them. They knew that they were naked. Sin is a form of nakedness and shame in the public view.
God prepared for them, clothes of animal skins. Since the skins came from animals, and since animals could not be used for food at that time, then it becomes obvious that the animals died in a sacrificial ritual which taught the principle of salvation. Animals were not allowed for food until after the flood of Noah's time. The death of animals had but one purpose - to teach the principle of salvation.
God accepted the atonement by the proper sacrifice. Atonement means to cover. In salvation it is a covering of sin by means of the work of Christ on the Cross. And in the case of Adam and Eve, their covering of their nakedness came in the form of clothing. The promise came first, the sacrifice came second, and then the covering completes the work of salvation.
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.' NASB
21 And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. NASB
Adam and Eve received the clothes. They accepted Gods plan and they believed in it.
Abel also heard the plan, and Abel offered his own sacrifice in the proper format. His sacrifice to God was in faith for the promise of an eternal life. Cain's offering was of his own design. Cain rejected Gods plan and Cain tried to do things his own way. Cain's sacrifice was rejected.
Cain became angry and decided to kill Abel as a result of Cain's own failure. Unbelievers, even negative believers will try to blame others, for their own failures in life.
4 And Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. NASB
10 The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground. NASB
But even in death, faith is more powerful. No one can cancel out or even destroy faith. Cain tried to cancel Gods promise by killing Abel. God hears and remembers all expressions of faith. Death cannot destroy ones relationship with God.
In faith there is eternal security, because the one who promised, is able to fulfill that promise regardless of the circumstances of our life, even in physical death.
Faith reaches back to the very beginning of human history. It has always been with humanity, and always will be available to humanity throughout history.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.