The Mosaic ordinances prefigured Christ’s ministry—Christ is the Mediator of the new covenant.
1 Then verily the first acovenant had also bordinances of divine cservice, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a atabernacle made; the first, wherein was the bcandlestick, and the ctable, and the dshewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second aveil, the tabernacle which is called the bHoliest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the aark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden bpot that had manna, and cAaron’s rod that budded, and the dtables of the covenant;
5 And over it the acherubims of glory shadowing the bmercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus aordained, the bpriests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the ahigh priest alone bonce every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a afigure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service bperfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers awashings, and bcarnal cordinances, dimposed on them until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ being come an ahigh priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect btabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own ablood he entered in once into the bholy place, having obtained eternal credemption for us.
13 For if the ablood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the bpurifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the ablood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself bwithout cspot to God, dpurge your econscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the amediator of the bnew ctestament, that by means of ddeath, for the redemption of the etransgressions that were under the first ftestament, they which are called might receive the gpromise of eternal hinheritance.
16 For where a atestament is, there must also of necessity be the bdeath of the ctestator.
17 For a atestament is of force after men are dead: botherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had aspoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the bblood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and csprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without ashedding of blood is no bremission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the apatterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the atrue; but into bheaven itself, now to appear in the cpresence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the ahigh priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once ain the bend of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the csacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once aoffered to bbear the csins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he dappear the second time without sin unto salvation.