The law is only a shadow

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemns sin in sinful man.

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming, not the realities themselves.  For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw to worship.  If it could, would they not have stopped being offer? – Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

Romans 8:3 – Hebrews 10:1-2 – Acts 13:39 – Hebrews 2:14-17 (NIV)

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