This is an illustration1 for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered2 were not able to clear the conscience3 of the worshiper.
They are only a matter of food4 and drink5 and various ceremonial washings6--external regulations7 applying until the time of the new order.
When Christ came as high priest8 of the good things that are already here,a9 he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle10 that is not man-made,11 that is to say, not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;12 but he entered the Most Holy Place13 once for all14 by his own blood,15 having obtained eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls16 and the ashes of a heifer17 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 Spirit18 offered himself19 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences20 from acts that lead to death,b21 so that we may serve the living God!2215
For this reason Christ is the mediator23 of a new covenant,24 that those who are called25 may receive the promised26 eternal inheritance27--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.2816
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.2919
When Moses had proclaimed30 every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,31 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.32