For this reason Christ is the mediator1 of a new covenant,2 that those who are called3 may receive the promised4 eternal inheritance5--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.616
In the case of a will,a 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.719
When Moses had proclaimed8 every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,9 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.1020
He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."b1121
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,12 and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.1323
It was necessary, then, for the copies14 of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.