The Holy Spirit was showing1 by this that the way2 into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.
This is an illustration3 for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered4 were not able to clear the conscience5 of the worshiper.
They are only a matter of food6 and drink7 and various ceremonial washings8--external regulations9 applying until the time of the new order.
When Christ came as high priest10 of the good things that are already here,a11 he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle12 that is not man-made,13 that is to say, not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;14 but he entered the Most Holy Place15 once for all16 by his own blood,17 having obtained eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls18 and the ashes of a heifer19 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 Spirit20 offered himself21 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences22 from acts that lead to death,b23 so that we may serve the living God!2415
For this reason Christ is the mediator25 of a new covenant,26 that those who are called27 may receive the promised28 eternal inheritance29--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.3016
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.31