THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Mosaic ordinances prefigured Christ’s ministry—Christ is the Mediator of the new covenant.
And after the second aveil
, the tabernacle which is called the bHoliest
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;
And over it the acherubims
of glory shadowing the bmercyseat
; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Now when these things were thus aordained
, the bpriests
went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
But into the second went
priest alone bonce
every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for
the errors of the people:
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:
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;
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;
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.
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:
How much more shall the ablood
of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself bwithout cspot
to God, dpurge
from dead works to serve the living God?
For a atestament is
of force after men are dead: botherwise
it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
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,
Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without ashedding
of blood is no bremission
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.
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:
Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the ahigh
priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once ain
of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the csacrifice
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
So Christ was once aoffered
of many; and unto them that look for him shall he dappear
the second time without sin unto salvation.