Hebrews – Chapter 9

Hebrews 9:1-28 from the Commentary in Translation Version

Just as in the previous chapter, we see the writer trying to draw the readers to the fact that the covenant inaugurated through the blood of Christ is eternal, and therefore superior than to the temporal Law which Moses brought from Sinai.

(1)  Then indeed even the first covenant used to have ordinances of divine service and its own sanctuary, a sanctuary of this world.
(2)  For there was a tabernacle prepared: in the first part were both the lamp stand and the table with the bread of the presence which is called the holy place;
(3)  After the second veil was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,
(4)  Which had a golden altar of incense and the Ark of the Covenant, overlain all around with gold, in which was the golden pot that had the manna, the rod of Aaron, which budded, and the tablets of the covenant.
(5)  Over it were the cherubim of glory, shadowing the mercy seat (something that we are unable to speak about now in detail).
(6)  Now when these things were prepared in this way, the priests continually went into the first tabernacle, performing the divine service.
(7)  But into the second division went the High Priest, along, once every year and always with blood, which he offered for himself and for the sings of the people which were committed in ignorance.
(8)  The holy spirit making this clear: that the way into the very presence of God was not yet revealed while the first tabernacle had a place,
(9)  Even this is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the offering of both gifts and sacrifices are unable to make the conscience of the worshipper perfect,
(10)  Since they are concerned only with food, drinks, and various ceremonial washings — regulations for the body that were imposed upon them until the time of reformation.
(11)  When Christ having appeared as High Priest of the good things to come went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands (that is, not of this creation),
(12)  He did not enter through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood did he enter once for all time into the very presence of God, having secured eternal redemption.
(13)  For if sprinkling the unclean with the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a young cow sanctifies them to outwardly cleanness,
(14)  How much, then, how much more will the blood of Christ (who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God) purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
(15)  For this reason — that death having come for redemption from the transgressions under the first covenant — he is the Mediator of a new covenant that those who are called will receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
(16)  For where there is a last will, it is necessary for the death of the will-maker.
(17)  For the last will is valid over dead people, since it never in force while the will-maker lives.
(18)  Therefore, not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.
(19)  For when every commandment had been spoken according to the Law by Moses to all the people, having taken the blood of the calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, he sprinkled both the scroll itself and all the people, saying:
(20)  This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded to you.
(21)  And likewise he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the scared ministry with the blood.
(22)  And with blood, I may almost say, all things are purified according to the Law, and without shedding of blood forgiveness does not come.
(23)  Therefore it was indeed necessary for the earthly examples of the heavenly things to be continually purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves purified with better sacrifices than these.
(24)  For Christ did not enter into holy places made by man, which are only copies of the true, but he entered into heaven itself, now to be openly manifested before the face of God on our behalf.
(25)  He did not enter that he should offer himself often, just as the high priest enters into the holy places yearly with blood belonging to another;
(26)  Otherwise, it would have been necessary for him to suffer often — even from the laying of the foundation of the world – but now, once for all time, at the fullness of time, he has been revealed, annulling the power of sin through his sacrifice.
(27)  Just as it is appointed unto men once to die and after this comes the judgment,
(28)  So also Christ, having been offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time without sin to bring salvation to the ones waiting for him!

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