Bible: Hebrews 9:11-22

Christ’s Service in the Heavenly Sanctuary

9:11 But now Christ has come 1  as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, 9:12 and he entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood, and so he himself secured 2  eternal redemption. 9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, 3  9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our 4  consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

9:15 And so he is the mediator 5  of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, 6  since he died 7  to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. 9:16 For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. 8  9:17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. 9:18 So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. 9  9:19 For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 9:20 and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” 10  9:21 And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. 9:22 Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

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