But when Christ came as high priest1 of the good things that are now already here,a2 he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle3 that is not made with human hands,4 that is to say, is not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;5 but he entered the Most Holy Place6 once for all7 by his own blood,8 thus obtainingb eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls9 and the ashes of a heifer10 sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit11 offered himself12 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences13 from acts that lead to death,c14 so that we may serve the living God!1515
For this reason Christ is the mediator16 of a new covenant,17 that those who are called18 may receive the promised19 eternal inheritance20--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.2116
In the case of a will,d it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.2219
When Moses had proclaimed23 every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,24 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.2520
He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."e2621
In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood,27 and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.2823
It was necessary, then, for the copies29 of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one;30 he entered heaven itself,31 now to appear for us in God's presence.3225
Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place33 every year with blood that is not his own.3426
Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.35 But he has appeared36 once for all37 at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.3827
Just as people are destined to die once,39 and after that to face judgment,4028
so Christ was sacrificed once41 to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time,42 not to bear sin,43 but to bring salvation44 to those who are waiting for him.45