Hebrews 9:7-17 NIV

7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

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8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.

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9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.

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

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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.

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    • 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.

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        • ‰ 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.

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          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!

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            • Š 9:14 - Or "from useless rituals"
              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.

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              16 In the case of a will,d it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,

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                • ‹ 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.