What The Law Could Not Do
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4
Jesus’ gifts and sacrifice did several things that the Levitical priesthood could never do and only hinted at. First, Jesus paid the debt left by sin, making our account balanced, absolving us from all guilt before God (see Romans 4:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14, 22). Secondly, He took our old sin nature gave us a new life fashioned after His own (see Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 3:18). Next, He died so we could live apart from the law while obtaining the righteousness described within the law (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). This removed death’s claim on us (see 1 Corinthians 15:55; Ephesians 4:7-8; 1 Peter 3:18). Lastly through Jesus, not the law, we will experience the incomparable riches of His grace for all eternity (see Ephesians 2:7). This is why Jesus’ priesthood is unparalleled to any other.
In contrast to the Levitical line, Jesus only offered these gifts and sacrifices once. He did not do it over and over, once was all it took. In the same way that the writer of Hebrews describes the continual offerings of the earthly priesthood to show that the old system was inadequate, he points out many times how Jesus’ sacrifice worked the one and only time it was given (see Hebrews 5:9, 6:20, 7:24-25, 27, 8:12, 9:15, 26, 28, 10:10, 14, 18, 22-23). This alone, shows how superior Jesus’ priesthood is. We are eternally blessed by the fact that Jesus has been appointed as our High Priest before God, making intercession for us. Faith in the saving name of Jesus alone is all it takes to secure a hope and future with Him eternally.