10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

The Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,a he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.
References for Hebrews 9:11
    • ˆ 9:11 - Some early manuscripts "are to come"
      12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtainingb eternal redemption.
      References for Hebrews 9:12
        • ‰ 9:12 - Or "blood, having obtained"
          13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
          References for Hebrews 9:13
          14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,c so that we may serve the living God!
          References for Hebrews 9:14
          15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
          16 In the case of a will,d it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
          References for Hebrews 9:16
            • ‹ 9:16 - Same Greek word as "covenant" ; also in verse 17
              17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
              18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
              References for Hebrews 9:18
              19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.
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              20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”e
              References for Hebrews 9:20