The Law Anticipates Christ

The law, then, like the tabernacle and the land, expresses the holiness, truth, beauty, and righteousness of God Himself. Its revelation comes with the absolute authority of God Himself and can never pass away. But in another sense it proclaims its own insufficiency and non-ultimacy. It is a shadow—a true and precious shadow, but still a shadow of the surpassing glory of Christ. The ministry of the law in its own time was fading and is now superseded by the ministry of the gospel of the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:1–18). Far from abolishing the law, the ministry of Christ causes us through the Spirit to have the “veil” over our hearts removed to see the law in its true purposes, as a reflection and anticipation of the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:14–18).

—Vern Poythress, The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, pp. 98–99

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