10The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.G1063G3551G2192G4639G18G3195G3756G846G1504G4229G1410G3763G846G2378G3739G4374G2596G1763G1519G1336G5048G4334G5048 2If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.G1893G302G3756G3973G4374G1223G3000G530G2508G2192G3367G2089G4893G266 3But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year.G235G1722G846G364G266G2596G1763 4For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.G1063G102G129G5022G2532G5131G851G266 5That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, "You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer.G1352G1525G1519G2889G3004G2378G2532G4376G2309G3756G1161G4983G2675G3427 6You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin.G3646G2532G4012G266G2106G3756G2106 7Then I said, 'Look, I have come to do your will, O God—as is written about me in the Scriptures.'"G5119G2036G2400G2240G1722G2777G975G1125G4012G1700G4160G4675G2307G2316 8First, Christ said, "You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them" (though they are required by the law of Moses).G511G3004G3754G2378G2532G4376G2532G3646G2532G4012G266G2309G3756G3761G2106G3748G4374G2596G3551 9Then he said, "Look, I have come to do your will." He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect.G5119G2046G2400G2240G4160G4675G2307G2316G337G4413G2443G2476G1208 10For God's will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.G1722G3739G2307G2070G37G1223G4376G4983G2424G5547G2178 11Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.G2532G3303G3956G2409G2476G2596G2250G3008G2532G4374G4178G846G2378G3748G1410G3763G4014G266 12But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand.G1161G846G4374G3391G2378G5228G266G1519G1336G2523G1722G1188G2316 13There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet.G3063G1551G2193G846G2190G5087G846G5286G4228 14For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.G1063G3391G4376G5048G1519G1336G37 15And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,G1161G40G4151G2532G3140G2254G1063G3326G4280 16"This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."G3778G1242G3739G1303G4314G846G3326G1565G2250G3004G2962G1325G3450G3551G1909G846G2588G2532G1909G846G1271G1924G846 17Then he says, "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds."G2532G846G266G2532G458G846G3415G3364G2089 18And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.G1161G3699G859G5130G3765G4376G4012G266 19And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.G2192G3767G80G3954G1519G1529G39G1722G129G2424 20By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.G4372G2532G2198G3598G3739G1457G2254G1223G2665G5123G846G4561 21And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God's house,G2532G3173G2409G1909G3624G2316 22let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.G4334G3326G228G2588G1722G4136G4102G4472G2588G4472G575G4190G4893G2532G4983G3068G2513G5204 23Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.G2722G3671G1680G186G1063G4103G1861 24Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.G2532G2657G240G1519G3948G26G2532G2570G2041 25And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.G3361G1459G1997G1438G1997G2531G1485G5100G235G3870G2532G5118G3123G3745G991G2250G1448 26Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.G1063G2257G264G1596G3326G2983G1922G225G620G3765G2378G4012G266 27There is only the terrible expectation of God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.G1161G5100G5398G1561G2920G2532G4442G2205G3195G2068G5227 28For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.G5100G114G3475G3551G599G5565G3628G1909G1417G2228G5140G3144 29Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to us.G4214G5501G5098G1380G515G3588G2662G5207G2316G2532G2233G129G1242G3739G1722G37G2839G2532G1796G4151G5485 30For we know the one who said, "I will take revenge. I will pay them back." He also said, "The LORD will judge his own people."G1063G1492G2036G1557G1698G1473G467G3004G2962G2532G3825G2962G2919G846G2992 31It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.G5398G1706G1519G5495G2198G2316 32Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.G1161G363G4386G2250G1722G3739G5461G5278G4183G119G3804 33Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things.G5124G3303G2301G5037G3680G2532G2347G1161G5124G1096G2844G390G3779G390 34You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.G2532G1063G4834G3450G1199G2532G4327G3326G5479G724G5216G5224G1097G1722G1438G2192G1722G3772G2909G2532G3306G5223 35So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!G577G3361G577G3767G5216G3954G3748G2192G3173G3405 36Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.G1063G2192G5532G5281G2443G4160G2307G2316G2865G1860 37"For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.G1063G2089G3397G3745G3745G2064G2240G2532G5549G3756G5549 38And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away."G1161G1342G2198G1537G4102G2532G1437G5288G3450G5590G2106G3756G2106G1722G846 39But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.G1161G2249G2070G3756G5289G1519G684G235G4102G1519G4047G5590
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