Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
“For The Law Made Nothing Perfect”
I. Introduction: Before we get into our lesson, let’s be clear on what perfection is and who is expected to be perfect (cf. Colossians 1:28).
A. We are commanded to be perfect (Matthew 5:48, II Corinthians 7:1, and James 1:3-4).
1. That is, we are to be holy [pure; clean] (Ephesians 4:24, I Thessalonians 4:7, Hebrews 12:14, James 4:8, and I Peter 1:13-16).
2. That is, we are to be without sin (Romans 6:1-2, I Corinthians 15:34, and I John 2:1).
3.That is, we are to be without blame (II Peter 3:9-14).
B. Some would answer the above: “so, you think you’re perfect, you’ve never done anything wrong… All have sinned you know (Romans 3:23)”.
1. People do not understand that saying you are perfect does not mean you always have been (I John 1:10).
2. People do not understand who made you perfect (Colossians 1:12-13, Colossians 1:20-22, and Hebrews 10:5-10).
a. We who are perfect understand without Christ we could not be (Ephesians 2:11-13).
b. This is a true appreciation of grace (II Timothy 1:8-9).
3. People do not understand what keeps you perfect (I John 1:7-9).
C. If we were under the Law of Moses, the assumptions of the ignorant would be right, we could not be made perfect after we’ve sinned (Romans 8:3).
II. Body: “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God” (Hebrews 7:19).
A. The law of old was not sufficient (Acts 13:32-39 and Galatians 2:16; cf. John 1:17).
1. We now have a better covenant (Hebrews 8:1-13).
2. Thanks be to God that this covenant is an everlasting covenant (Hebrews 13:20-21).
B. The priesthood was imperfect (Hebrews 6:19-7:11).
1. So, Christ was needed to be our perfect high priest (Hebrews 9:6-12).
2. His priesthood is a bit different (Hebrews 4:14-5:10; 7:12-28).
C. The sacrifices of old were not sufficient (Hebrews 9:13-10:4).
1. Thus, the sacrifice of Christ was necessary (Hebrews 10:12-20).
2. We are washed in the blood of Christ (Revelation 1:5).
III. Conclusion: The law couldn’t make us perfect, Christ did, should we therefore try to continue in sin (Romans 6:15-16) despising His sacrifice (Hebrews 10:26-31)?
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