Cross vs. Judaism


Q. Did the cross dismantle Judaism?

A. In the sense of doing away with law-keeping to win God’s approval, yes. The book of Hebrews provides a neat summary contrasting the animal sacrifices in the Old Covenant with Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice in the New. The term “once for all” appears 5 times in Hebrews:

Heb 7:27 Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself.
• Heb 9:12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
• Heb 9:26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
• Heb 10:2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
• Heb 10:10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Note the following:
• The OT sacrifices of goats and calves were offered day after day, year after year, as a reminder of sins, but unable to take away sins (Heb 10:3-4).
• Jesus Christ offered Himself once for all for our sins and to do away with the sin principle. The result is efficacious in obtaining eternal redemption for us, cleansing true worshippers who no longer have to feel guilty.
• We have been made holy (sanctified) through His sacrifice, which never needs to be repeated. This is exactly the opposite of the Catholic Mass, a bloodless sacrifice offered week after week.
By one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Heb 10:14).

That’s why we believe, according to God’s word, repentance and faith in Christ is all that is necessary for salvation. Good deeds will follow as a result, not a cause. We do not need any religion, be it Judaism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, or any other man-made system, to have peace with God. In this sense the Cross dismantled all religions, with no exceptions.

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