He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;1 but he entered the Most Holy Place2 once for all3 by his own blood,4 having obtained eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls5 and the ashes of a heifer6 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 Spirit7 offered himself8 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences9 from acts that lead to death,a10 so that we may serve the living God!1115
For this reason Christ is the mediator12 of a new covenant,13 that those who are called14 may receive the promised15 eternal inheritance16--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.1716
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.1819
When Moses had proclaimed19 every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,20 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.2120
He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."c2221
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,23 and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.24