Hebrews 8:2

2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Hebrews 8:2 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.
The Message Bible (MSG)
2 conducting worship in the one true sanctuary built by God.
American Standard Version (ASV)
2 a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
2 He serves as priest of the holy place and of the true tent set up by the Lord and not by any human.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
2 a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle, which the Lord set up, and not man.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
2 He serves in the sacred tent. The Lord set up the true holy tent. A mere man did not set it up.

Hebrews 8:2 Meaning and Commentary

Hebrews 8:2

A minister of the sanctuary
The heavenly one, so called, in allusion to the holy of holies, the type of it; and because it is truly an holy place; and which Christ sanctifies and prepares for his people by his presence and intercession: or "of the Holy Ones", or "saints"; who are sanctified or set apart by God, the Father, to whom Christ is made sanctification, and who are made holy by the Spirit of God; to these Christ is a minister; he was so in his prophetic office, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; and in his priestly office, to all the chosen ones, when on earth, offering himself a sacrifice for them, and now he is a minister to them in heaven, interceding for them; and in his kingly office, governing, protecting, and defending them: or "of holy things"; to his people, such as the gifts of his Spirit, grace, and all supplies of it, and at last glory; and for them, presenting their sacrifices of prayer and praise to God, which become acceptable to him through his powerful mediation:

and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man;
by which is meant, not heaven, the same with the sanctuary, for this would be an unnecessary tautology, and an explanation of a word by another more obscure; nor is there any reason why it should be added, "which the Lord pitched, and not man"; since everyone must believe that heaven is made by God alone; but rather the church of Christ, which is sometimes called a tabernacle, and is a true one, of which the tabernacle of Moses was a type, and is of God's building, and where Christ ministers, being the high priest over the house of God; though it is best to interpret it of the human nature of Christ, in which he tabernacled among men, and which was typified by the tabernacle of Moses, and therefore is called the "true" one, in distinction from that; for as there God dwelt, and his glory was seen, and he granted his presence to his people, and the sacrifices were brought and offered up there, and to this the people looked when at a distance, and this appeared very coarse without, but within full of holy things; so in Christ's human nature the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily; here the glory of God is seen, even in the face of Jesus; and through him God vouchsafes communion with his people; and by him the sacrifices of prayer and praise are offered up; and to him do the saints look for the acceptance of them; and though in the days of his flesh he looked very mean and despicable, yet was full of grace and truth, and of all the gifts of the Spirit: and the human nature of Christ was not of man; it was not propagated by human generation, but was produced through the power of the Holy Ghost; and in this tabernacle Christ ministered when on earth, and now ministers in heaven.

Hebrews 8:2 In-Context

1 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.
4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.
5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Hebrews 9:11,24
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