Questions For Christians Series #2: Sin From The Old Testament
Sin from the Old Testament was cleansed by good works, now the New Testament teaches that you only have to be forgiven to be cleansed. How is that and why is there such a drastic difference?
*All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.
The biggest difference between the Old and New Testaments is the birth of Jesus Christ. In reading the Old Testament, you quickly find out that sin is cleansed through animal sacrifice. Animal sacrifice actually began after the fall of Adam and Eve. God killed animals to clothe them because they were no longer pure. Animal sacrifice was very important in the Old Testament as a temporary cleansing of sins, because as we find in Hebrews 9:22, there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. You can read in the Old Testament that scripture seemed to foreshadow the coming of Christ as the Ultimate Sacrifice.
In the New Testament, the animal sacrifices were not necessary anymore because of the price Jesus paid on the cross for our sins. He paid our debt and was the Ultimate Sacrifice for our forgiveness (Hebrews 10:4-7.)
Posted on March 6, 2014, in Bible Learning and tagged Animal sacrifice, cleansing of sin, forgiveness, Hebrews 10:4-7, Hebrews 9:22, learning, New testament, Old Testament, Questions for Christians, the Bible. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.