The Law of Moses was
written for the Jews and was only to last until the time of Christ.
In the Law of Moses, the blood of animals was required to atone for
the sins of the people. These sacrifices were temporary. Now, we
have the perfect sacrifice. God's only begotten son, being without
sin, offered Himself as a sacrifice to forgive sins from the time of
His death until His return. When Jesus died on the cross, the
temporary Law of Moses was fulfilled and is no longer necessary.
||What purpose then does the law
serve? It was added because of
transgressions, till the Seed should come to
whom the promise was made; .... to your Seed, who is
He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken
down the middle wall of separation, having abolished
in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of
commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
||Therefore the law was our tutor
to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by
faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer
under a tutor.
||...He [Christ] is also Mediator of a
better covenant, which was established on better
promises. For if that first covenant
[the Law of Moses] had been faultless, then no place
would have been sought for a second....In that He
says, "A new covenant," He has made the first
obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a
heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying
of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God?
for this reason He [Christ] is the
Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.