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Hebrews 10 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. Since that old "law plan" wasn't complete in itself, it couldn't complete those who followed it. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. 1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
2 If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sins. 2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
3 But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,
4 The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can't get rid of sin. 4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 That is what is meant by this prophecy, put in the mouth of Christ: You don't want sacrifices and offerings year after year; you've prepared a body for me for a sacrifice. 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
6 It's not fragrance and smoke from the altar that whet your appetite. 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 So I said, "I'm here to do it your way, O God, the way it's described in your Book." 7 Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll-- I have come to do your will, O God.' "
8 When he said, "You don't want sacrifices and offerings," he was referring to practices according to the old plan. 8 First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made).
9 When he added, "I'm here to do it your way," he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan - 9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second.
10 God's way - by which we are made fit for God by the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.
13 and waited for his enemies to cave in. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,
14 It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit confirms this: 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 This new plan I'm making with Israel isn't going to be written on paper, isn't going to be chiseled in stone; This time "I'm writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts." 16 "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."
17 He concludes, I'll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. 17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."
18 Once sins are taken care of for good, there's no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them. 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
19 So, friends, we can now - without hesitation - walk right up to God, into "the Holy Place." 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
20 Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
21 The "curtain" into God's presence is his body. 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22 So let's do it - full of belief, confident that we're presentable inside and out. 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24 Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
25 not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
26 If we give up and turn our backs on all we've learned, all we've been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ's sacrifice 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
27 and are left on our own to face the Judgment - and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
28 If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 what do you think will happen if you turn on God's Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30 This is no light matter. God has warned us that he'll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: "Vengeance is mine, and I won't overlook a thing," and, "God will judge his people." 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."
31 Nobody's getting by with anything, believe me. 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! 32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.
33 Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse - some days it was you, other days your friends. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
34 If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn't touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. 34 You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
35 So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing! 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
37 It won't be long now, he's on the way; he'll show up most any minute. 37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38 But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy. 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."
39 But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.