“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” – Hebrews 9:13-14
Under the Old Testament Covenant where with the blood of bulls and goats was poured out for the cleansing of sins, there was forgiveness but no true repentance because the heart and mind remained unchanged. The flesh could be cleaned of the effects of sin but the heart remained hard and sinful. Therefore, the sinful action birthed in the wicked hearts of men resurfaced continually to pollute the flesh and require a new sacrifice.
However, a promise was given of a new covenant to come. One that would pierce through the veil of the flesh and write God’s laws and commandments on our very hearts that through true heartfelt conviction we might abstain from sin.
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33
“Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” – Hebrews 10:15-20
Where once we had only condemnation because though we knew God’s commandments, we could not keep them, and heard God’s words but could not understand them. Now, through God’s grace (or favor and power… aka adoption) for those who put their faith in Christ, we have conviction, clarity, and revelation; for as Christ’s body was torn for us, so is the vail of our flesh torn as we are crucified with Christ so that His law maybe written on our hearts. Also, in like manner are His Words made alive in our minds through revelations reveal by the Holy Spirit of God unhindered by the limitations of the flesh so that in Christ all things are possible!
“And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.” – 2 Corinthians 3:13-16