The High Priest Of A New Covenant
The 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 MAN .
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 men 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.'
6 But the Ministry Jesus has received
Is as Superior to theirs as the Covenant
OF WHICH HE IS THE MEDIATOR
Is Superior to the Old one,
AND IT IS FOUNDED ON BETTER PROMISES.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that First Covenant,
No place would have been sought for another.
8 But God found Fault with the people and said:
'The Time is coming says the Lord,
WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT
With the House of Israel and with the House of Judah.
9 It will not be like the Covenant I made with their forefathers
When I took them by the hand
To lead them out of Egypt,
Because they did not remains Faithful to My Covenant,
AND I TURNED AWAY FROM THEM, DECLARES THE LORD.
THIS IS THE COVENANT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
After that time, declares the Lord.
I WILL PUT MY LAWS IN THEIR MINDS
AND WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY WILL BE MY PEOPLE.
11 No longer will a man Teach his neighbor,
Or a man his brother, saying,
'KNOW THE LORD,'
BECAUSE THEY WILL ALL KNOW ME,
FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST.
12 For I will forgive their Wickedness
And will remember their Sins No More.'
13 BY CALLING THIS COVENANT 'NEW,'
HE HAS MADE THE FIRST ONE OBSOLETE;
AND WHAT IS OBSOLETE AND AGING
WILL SOON DISAPPEAR.