Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the true form of these realities, it a can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who approach.
Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin?
But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year.
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Consequently, when Christ b came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, "See, God, I have come to do your will, O God' (in the scroll of the book c it is written of me)."
When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),
then he added, "See, I have come to do your will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
And it is by God's will d that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
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