New Living Translation
For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
King James Bible
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Darby Bible Translation
(for the law perfected nothing,) and the introduction of a better hope by which we draw nigh to God.
World English Bible
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Young's Literal Translation
(for nothing did the law perfect) and the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw nigh to God.
Hebrews 7:19 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:19 For the law - Taken by itself, separate from the gospel. Made nothing perfect - Could not perfect its votaries, either in faith or love, in happiness or holiness. But the bringing in of a better hope - Of the gospel dispensation, which gives us a better ground of confidence, does. By which we draw nigh to God - Yea, so nigh as to be one spirit with him. And this is true perfection.
LibraryChrist Our High Priest.
"Now, if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung …
Frank G. Allen—Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel
The Great High Priest
Christ a Complete Saviour:
Yes, you came when I called; you told me, "Do not fear."
Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God--something the law of Moses could never do.
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet."
Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law."
Is there a conflict, then, between God's law and God's promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it.
But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God's entire house. And we are God's house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
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