Christ's Sacrifice Once For All
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 PREFECT THOSE WHO DRAW NEAR TO WORSHIP.
2 If they 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 those sacrifices are an annual reminder of Sins,
4 BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
FOR THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS TO TAKE AWAY SINS.
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 With Burnt Offerings and Sin Offerings You were not Pleased.
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 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,
'Here I am, I have come to do Your Will.'
HE SETS ASIDE THE FIRST TO ESTABLISH THE SECOND.
10 An by that Will,
WE HAVE BEEN MADE HOLY
THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST
ONCE FOR ALL.
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 when this Priest had Offered for all time
ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS,
HE SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
13 SINCE THAT TIME HE WAITS FOR HIS ENEMIES
TO BE MADE HIS FOOTSTOOL,
14 BECAUSE BY ONE SACRIFICE HE HAS MADE PERFECT FOREVER
THOSE WHO ARE BEING MADE HOLY.
15 The Holy Spirit also Testifies to us about this.
First he says:
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 WRITE THEM ON THEIR MINDS.'
17 Then He adds:
'THEIR SINS AND LAWLESS ACTS
I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.'
18 And where these have been forgiven,
There is no longer any Sacrifice for Sin.
A Call To Persevere
19 Therefore, brothers,
Since we have Confidence to enter The Most Holy Place
By the blood of Jesus,
20 BY ANEW AND LIVING WAY
OPENED FOR US THROUGH THE CURTAIN,
THAT IS, HIS BODY,
21 And since we have a Great Priest over the House of God
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 UNSWERVINGLY TO THE HOPE WE PROFESS,
FOR HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL.
24 And let us consider how we may Spur one another on
Toward love and good deeds.
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 DELIBERATELY KEEP ON SINNING
After we have received the knowledge of the Truth,
NO SACRIFICE FOR SINS IS LEFT,
27 BUT ONLY A FEARFUL EXPECTATION OF JUDGMENT
AND OF RAGING FIRE THAT WILL CONSUME THE ENEMIES OF GOD.
28 Any one who Rejected the Law of Moses
DIED WITHOUT MERCY
On the Testimony of two or three Witnesses.
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 SACRIFICED HIM,
AND WHO HAS INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE?
30 For we know Him Who said,
'IT IS MINE TO AVENGE; I WILL REPAY,'
'THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.'
31 IT IS A DREADFUL THING
TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.
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 Publicly Exposed to Insult and Persecution;
At other times you Stood side by side with those who were so treated.
34 You Sympathized with those in Prison
And Joyfully accepted the Confiscation of your Property,
BECAUSE YOU YOURSELVES HAD BETTER AND LASTING POSSESSIONS.
35 SO DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE;
IT WILL BE RICHLY REWARDED.
36 YOU NEED TO PERSEVERE
So that when you have done the Will of God,
YOU WILL RECEIVE WHAT HE HAS PROMISED.
For in just a Little While,
'HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME
AND WILL NOT DELAY.
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 OF THOSE
WHO SHRINK BACK AND ARE DESTROYED,
BUT OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND ARE SAVED.