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Summary: To show that CHRIST is both our Perfection and our Righteousness, that we are declared the Righteousness of GOD in CHRIST.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Is CHRIST Your Righteousness?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that CHRIST is both our Perfection and our Righteousness, that we are declared the Righteousness of GOD in CHRIST.

IV. TEXT:

Hebrews 7:19 (Amplified Bible)

7:19 For the Law never made anything perfect—but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.

V. THESIS:

Thank You, LORD JESUS, I am the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST and I am made Perfect in and thru CHRIST.

VI. TITLE:

Grace and Law

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70

B. Style of writing: Best Greek style

C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos

D. Audience: Hebrew Christians

E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible

F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

G. Keyword: better

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Law never made anything perfect

"For the Law never made anything perfect"

Hebrews 7:11 (Amplified Bible)

7:11 Now if perfection (a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood—for under it the people were given the Law—why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron?

Hebrews 9:9 (Amplified Bible)

9:9 Seeing that that first [outer portion of the] tabernacle was a parable (a visible symbol or type or picture of the present age). In it gifts and sacrifices are offered, and yet are incapable of perfecting the conscience or of cleansing and renewing the inner man of the worshiper.

Acts 13:39 (Amplified Bible)

13:39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

The Law can't made anyone perfect though it's perfect, it can only warn us and point us to JESUS CHRIST who have made us perfect.

Psalms 19:7 (Amplified Bible)

19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Hebrews 7:19 (Amplified Bible)

7:19 For the Law never made anything perfect—but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.

According to Strong's, the Law was only an introduction, but not the completion.

B. Better Hope in Grace, we can come close to GOD

"but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God"

Galatians 3:24 (Amplified Bible)

3:24 So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith.

John 1:17 (Amplified Bible)

1:17 For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6:18 (Amplified Bible)

6:18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].

Hebrews 8:6 (Amplified Bible)

8:6 But as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is as much superior and more excellent [than the old] as the covenant (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises.

Hebrews 11:40 (Amplified Bible)

11:40 Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].

Romans 8:3 (Amplified Bible)

8:3 For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],

IX. CONCLUSION:

Thank You, LORD JESUS, I am the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST and I am made Perfect in and thru CHRIST.

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