Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10

 
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1 The old system in the law of Moses was only a shadow of the things to come, not the reality of the good things Christ has done for us. The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.

2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

3 But just the opposite happened. Those yearly sacrifices reminded them of their sins year after year.

4 For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 That is why Christ, when he came into the world, said, "You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. But you have given me a body so that I may obey you.1

6 No, you were not pleased with animals burned on the altar or with other offerings for sin.2

7 Then I said, `Look, I have come to do your will, O God-- just as it is written about me in the Scriptures.' "*3

8 Christ said, "You did not want animal sacrifices or grain offerings or animals burned on the altar or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them" (though they are required by the law of Moses).

9 Then he added, "Look, I have come to do your will." He cancels the first covenant in order to establish the second.

10 And what God wants is for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.

11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands before the altar day after day, offering sacrifices that can never take away sins.

12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down at the place of highest honor at God's right hand.

13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled as a footstool under his feet.

14 For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy.

15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. First he says,

16 "This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts so they will understand them, and I will write them on their minds so they will obey them."4

17 Then he adds, "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds."*5

18 Now when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters,* we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.6

20 This is the new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us through the sacred curtain, by means of his death for us.*7

21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God's people,

22 let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.

25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins.

27 There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.

28 Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29 Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to his people.

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Notes:

1: Ps 40:6-8.

2: Ps 40:6-8.

3: Ps 40:6-8.

4: Jer 31:33-34.

5: Jer 31:33-34.

6: Greek brothers.

7: Greek his flesh.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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