When Christ came as high priest5 of the good things that are already here,a6 he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle7 that is not man-made,8 that is to say, not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;9 but he entered the Most Holy Place10 once for all11 by his own blood,12 having obtained eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls13 and the ashes of a heifer14 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 Spirit15 offered himself16 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences17 from acts that lead to death,b18 so that we may serve the living God!1915
For this reason Christ is the mediator20 of a new covenant,21 that those who are called22 may receive the promised23 eternal inheritance24--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.2516
In the case of a will,c 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.2619
When Moses had proclaimed27 every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,28 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.2920
He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."d30