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But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace.

- Ephesians 2: 13-15

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

- Hebrews 7:12

Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

- Hebrews 9:9-12

 
FOUR SACRED SUBJECTS IN THE CEREMONIAL LAW
Subject
Examples

1. Sacred Persons

The High Priest, priests, Levites, and Nazarites

2. Sacred Places

The tabernacle and temple: the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies

3. Sacred Objects

The tabernacle and temple: furniture, vessels, sacrifices, incense, oil, shewbread, etc.

4. Sacred Seasons

The Passover (the Feast of Unleavened Bread), Pentecost (the Feast of Weeks), the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Trumpets, and the Day of Atonement; the weekly Sabbath (the seventh day), the yearly Sabbath (the seventh year), and the year of Jubilee (seven times seven years)

Every sacred person - in his dress and duties, sacred place - in its construction and purpose, sacred object - in its elements and use, and sacred season - in its observance and teaching, pointed to the Person and work of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

The ceremonial law has both a fulfilled (accomplished) aspect and an abiding (remaining) aspect. The fulfilled aspect refers to the abolishing of the actual use and performance of the ceremonial law The ceremonial law was fulfilled by the death of Christ upon the cross. Therefore we are not to maintain the use of priests, altars, and sacrifices today in the New Testament time period. This truth is established by scriptural references to such things as: the ceremonial law being a picture and type of Christ to come which has now been fulfilled, the full price for the guilt of sin and cleansing powerfor the pollution of sin having been accomplished, the apostles' teaching that ceremonial practices were ended, the New Testament church worship services as conducted by the apostles, the destruction of the temple, and the tearing of the veil and the high priest's garments.


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