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1 The law is only an unclear picture of the good things coming in the future; it is not the real thing. The people under the law offer the same sacrifices every year, but these sacrifices can never make perfect those who come near to worship God. 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 the law could make them perfect, the sacrifices would have already stopped. The worshipers would be made clean, and they would no longer have a sense of sin. 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 these sacrifices remind them of their sins every year, 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,
4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 So when Christ came into the world, he said: "You do not want sacrifices and offerings, but you have prepared a body for me. 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 You do not ask for burnt offerings and offerings to take away sins. 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, 'Look, I have come. It is written about me in the book. God, I have come to do what you want.'" 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 In this Scripture he first said, "You do not want sacrifices and offerings. You do not ask for burnt offerings and offerings to take away sins." (These are all sacrifices that the law commands.) 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 Then he said, "Look, I have come to do what you want." God ends the first system of sacrifices so he can set up the new system. 9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second.
10 And because of this, we are made holy through the sacrifice Christ made in his body once and for all time. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Every day the priests stand and do their religious service, often offering the same sacrifices. Those sacrifices can never take away sins. 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 But after Christ offered one sacrifice for sins, forever, he sat down at the right side of 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 now Christ waits there for his enemies to be put under his power. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,
14 With one sacrifice he made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also tells us about this. First he says: 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 "This is the agreementn I will make with them at that time, says the Lord. I will put my teachings in their hearts and write them on their minds." 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 Then he says: "Their sins and the evil things they do -- I will not remember anymore." 17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."
18 Now when these have been forgiven, there is no more need for a sacrifice for sins. 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
19 So, brothers and sisters, we are completely free to enter the Most Holy Place without fear because of the blood of Jesus' death. 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
20 We can enter through a new and living way that Jesus opened for us. It leads through the curtain -- Christ's body. 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
21 And since we have a great priest over God's house, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22 let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. 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 us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24 Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
25 You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the dayn coming. 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 decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
27 There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God. 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
28 Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was found guilty from the proof given by two or three witnesses. He was put to death without mercy. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 So what do you think should be done to those who do not respect the Son of God, who look at the blood of the agreement that made them holy as no different from others' blood, who insult the Spirit of God's grace? Surely they should have a much worse punishment. 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 We know that God said, "I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them." And he also said, "The Lord 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 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 Remember those days in the past when you first learned the truth. You had a hard struggle with many sufferings, but you continued strong. 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 Sometimes you were hurt and attacked before crowds of people, and sometimes you shared with those who were being treated that way. 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 You helped the prisoners. You even had joy when all that you owned was taken from you, because you knew you had something better and more lasting. 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 do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has a great reward. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
37 For in a very short time, "The One who is coming will come and will not be delayed. 37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38 The person who is right with me will live by trusting in me. But if he turns back with fear, I will not be pleased with him." 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."
39 But we are not those who turn back and are lost. We are people who have faith and are saved. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.