The blood of goats and bulls1 and the ashes of a heifer2 sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit3 offered himself4 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences5 from acts that lead to death,a6 so that we may serve the living God!715
For this reason Christ is the mediator8 of a new covenant,9 that those who are called10 may receive the promised11 eternal inheritance12--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.1316
In the case of a will,b it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.1419
When Moses had proclaimed15 every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,16 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.1720
He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."c1821
In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood,19 and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.2023
It was necessary, then, for the copies21 of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one;22 he entered heaven itself,23 now to appear for us in God's presence.2425
Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place25 every year with blood that is not his own.2626
Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.27 But now he has appeared28 once for all29 at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.3027
Just as man is destined to die once,31 and after that to face judgment,3228
so Christ was sacrificed once33 to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time,34 not to bear sin,35 but to bring salvation36 to those who are waiting for him.37