Jesus Like Melchizedek

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people(A) established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come,(B) one in the order of Melchizedek,(C) not in the order of Aaron?

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20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law;(A) rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.(B)

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The Law and Sin

What shall we say, then?(A) Is the law sinful? Certainly not!(B) Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.(C) For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a](D)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 7:7 Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21
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But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,(A) produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.(B)

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21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not!(A) For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.(B)

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This is an illustration(A) for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered(B) were not able to clear the conscience(C) of the worshiper.

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Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

10 The law is only a shadow(A) of the good things(B) that are coming—not the realities themselves.(C) For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect(D) those who draw near to worship.(E)

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