Hebrews 10:1-10 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.