For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw nigh unto God. Hebrews 7:19 KJV
Bro. Chad Johnson
The law of God had a very distinct purpose and design. It was to show the absolute holiness of God and the absolute depravity of fallen man.
The apostle Paul tells us in Romans chapter 7 that the law was holy and good. The law shows us our total inability to keep it perfectly and therefor our breaking of the whole law. If it were possible to fulfill all the law except one point, we would still be guilty of breaking the whole law of God.
Just as the moral law showed Israel the need for the ceremonial sacrifices to atone God each year, it also shows us now the need of the sacirifice of Jesus Christ to atone for our sins forever.
Our text verse says that the law that is the keeping of it cannot make us perfect. The word perfect here does not mean sinless. It does however mean to be complete. The law could not and does not take away sin. If the ceremonial law made mankind complete then they would not have had to offer sacrifices each year.
Secondly, our text tells us that the bringing in of a better hope did. This better hope is Jesus Christ. his death on the cross made all those for whom He died for perfect or complete.
We are complete in Him. There is nothing we can add to Christ and the finished work of the cross. It is completed in Jesus Christ.
Lastly it is by this hope that that we draw nigh unto God. The only way we have peace with God as can and can approach God is through our High Priest Christ Jesus, whereby we have access to the Holy of Holies.
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