Since the law has [only] a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.
Otherwise, wouldn't they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
But in the sacrificesa there is a reminder of sins every year.
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Therefore, as He was coming into the world, He said: You did not want sacrifice and offering, but You prepared a body for Me.
You did not delight in whole burnt offerings and sin offerings.
Then I said, "See, I have come- it is written about Me in the volume of the scroll- to do Your will, O God!" b8
After He says above, You did not desire or delight in sacrifices and offerings, whole burnt offerings and sin offerings, (which are offered according to the law),
He then says, See, I have come to do Your will. c He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
Now every priest stands day after day ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He had said:
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,
[He adds]: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. d18
Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way that He has inaugurated for us, through the curtain (that is, His flesh);
and since we have a great high priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled [clean] from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works,
not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.
If anyone disregards Moses' law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses.e29
How much worse punishment, do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profanef the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, gh and again, The Lord will judge His people. i31
It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
Remember the earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings.
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to taunts and afflictions, and at other times you were companions of those who were treated that way.
For you sympathized with the prisonersj and accepted with joy the confiscation of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves have a better and enduring possession.k35
So don't throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.
For in yet a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.
But My righteous one l will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. m39
But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.