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c. x. 1, 2. Gal. iii. 25.
been by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should arise, who should be called “ after the rule of “Melchisedec,” and not “after “ the rule of Aaron” 12 but, the priesthood being changed, a change of the priest necessarily takes place: 13 for, he of whom these words are spoken, pertained to another tribe, of which no one attended at the altar: 14 for it is evident, that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe, Moses spake nothing concerning priests. 15 And it is still more evident, if another priest was to arise, according to the likeness of Melchisedec; 16 who should be made such, not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an endless life: 17 for it is testified, “Thou “art a priest For EveR, (ac“cording to the rule of Mel“chisedec).” 18 For, there is indeed an annulling of the former commandment, on account of its weakness and unprofitableIneSS : 19 for the law completed nothing; but was the introduction of a better hope, by which we are brought near to God.
20 And, inasmuch as he was not made priest without an oath; 21 (for those were made priests without an oath; but this one with an oath, by him who said to him, The Lord sware and will not repent, “Thou art a “priest For EveR :)” 22 by so much was Jesus made a security, even of a better Covenant. 23 And they indeed were many priests, because they were prevented from continuing, by death; 24 but this one, because he continueth for ever, hath an untransferable priesthood: 25 wherefore, also, he is able always to save them that come to God by him, since he always liveth to intercede for them. 26 For, such an high priest indeed behoved us, who is holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 who needeth not, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice daily, first for his own sins, then for those of the people; for this he did, once for all, when he offered up himself: 28 for, the law maketh men, who have infirmity, high priests; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, maketh the Son High Priest, who is perfected for ever.
OW, the sum of what hath been said, is this: 2 We have such an High Priest, who sitteth on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 3 a minister of the true Holy of Holies, and of the true tabernacle which the Lord hath pitched, not man : 4 for, every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices; wherefore it was necessary, that this one also should have some thing to offer: 5 but, if he were on earth, he would not be a priest; there being already those who offer the gifts prescribed by the law, 6 who minister to the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, made according as Moses was enjoined, when he was about to execute the tabernacle : for,
c. vii. 11.
“all things according to the “pattern which was shewed to “ thee on the mount:” 7 but now, he hath obtained a far more excellent ministry, by so much as he is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which was founded on better promises. 8 For, if the First Covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a Second ; 9 but, finding fault with it,
“ the days come, saith the “ Lord, when I will make a “ New Covenant with the “ house of Israel and with “ the house of Judah : 10 “not according to the “ Covenant that I made with “ their fathers, in the day when “I took them by the hand to “ lead them out of the land of “ Egypt; for they continued “ not in my Covenant, and I ‘ disregarded them, saith the “ Lord :” 11 “for, this is the Covenant “ that I will make with the “ house of Israel, after those “ days, saith the Lord; I will “ put my laws into their mind, “ and write them in their “ hearts; and I will be to “ them a God, and they shall “ be to me a people : 12 “and they shall not every “ one teach his fellow-coun“ tryman, and every one his
“ brother, saying, Know thou John, iv. =
“ the Lord; for, all shall know “ me, from the least to the “ greatest of them : 13 “ for, I will be merciful “ to their iniquities, and their “ sins I will remember no “ more.” 14 In saying, “A New Co“ venant,” he superannuated the first: but, that which is superannuated and grown aged, is at the point of disappearing.
UT, the First Covenant, also, had its ordinances of worship, and its worldly Holy Place: 2 for, first, the tabernacle was formed in which were the candlestick, and the table and shew-bread, and the golden altar for incense; which tabernacle is called Holy: 3 and, secondly, after the Veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, 4 which contained the ark of the covenant, overlaid entirely with gold : within which were kept the golden vessel that
open, while the first tabernacle was still standing, 9 which first tabernacle was a figure relating to the present time; according to which figure, both gifts and sacrifices were offered, but such as were
not able to make the wor-Ezek. xx. 25. shipper perfect, as to his con- c. x. 2.
science; 10 only in respect of meats, and drinks, and various washings and ordinances of the flesh, imposed until the time of rectification. 11 But, when Christ came, a High Priest of the good things that were come; through the greater and more perfect
tabernacle, not made with c. x. 20. hands, that is to say, not of
26. tables of the Covenant:
5 and, above it, were the two cherubs of glory, over-shadowing the mercy-seat; of which it is not now necessary to speak severally. 6 And, when these things had been thus completed, the priests who performed the service went, at all times, into the first tabernacle; 7 but, into the second, the high priest alone entered, once only in the year; but not without blood, which he offered for the errors of himself and of the people: 8 the Holy Spirit signifying
this building; 12 nor with the blood of goats and of calves, but with his own blood, he entered, once for all, into the Holiest Place, having obtained for us eternal redemption. 13 For, if the blood of goats, and of bulls, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; 14 how much rather will the blood of Christ, who, through his eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purify our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God 2 15 And, for this cause, he is D D
the Mediator of a New Covenant; that, as his death was accepted as a ransom from the transgressions under the First Covenant, so, they who are now called, may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance : 16 for, where a covenant is made, the death of the interposed sacrifice must of necessity be endured: 17 for, a covenant is confirmed only over lifeless bodies; since it hath no force while the interposed sacrifice is living: 18 wherefore, neither was the First Covenant instituted without blood; 19 for, after the whole commandment of the law had been pronounced by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of the calves, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and also the Book, and sprinkled all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood “ of the Covenant which God “ hath ratified to you :” 21 and he sprinkled also, with blood, both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry; 22 and almost all things, according to the law, are purified with blood, and without bloodshedding is no remission. 23 It was necessary, therefore, that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with those sacri
fices; but, the heavenly things themselves, with better sacrifices than those; 24 for, Christ is not entered into the Holiest Place made with hands, which was only a copy of the true one; but, into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on behalf of us: 25 and, not to offer himself often, as the high-priest entereth into the Holiest Place, every year, with blood of others; 26 for, then he must have suffered often, since the foundation of the world : but now, in the end of the world, he hath been manifested, once for all, for the cancelling of sin, by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And, as it is appointed to men once to die, and after that the judgment; 28 so also Christ, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, will appear the second time without sin, to those who look to him, through faith, for salvation.
OR, the law having only a shadow of the good things that were to come, and not the very image of the things, they could never, by the sacrifices which they continually offer, year after year, make those who come to them perfect: 2 for then, they would not cease to be offered; because, the severalworshippers, having been once purified, would no longer have conscience of their sins: 3 but, in those sacrifices, a remembrance of their sins is renewed every year: 4 for, it is impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, “Sacrifice and offering thou “ wouldest not, but thou hast “ prepared a body for me: 6 “in burnt offerings and “sacrifices for sin, thou hadst “ no pleasure; 7 “ then said I, Lo, I come “ (in the volume of the book “ it is written of me) to do “Thy Will, O God:” 8 when he saith above, “Sa“ crifice, and offering, and “burnt offerings, and offerings “ for sin thou wouldest not, “ neither hadst pleasure there“ in;” which sacrifices are of. fered according to the law; 9 and then saith, “ Lo, I “ come to do Thy Will;" he taketh away the first, that he may establish the second : 10 by which Will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all. 11 And, every priest standeth
ministering daily, and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins, sat down for ever on the right hand of God; 13 waiting, from thenceforth, until his enemies shall be made his footstool: 14 for, by one offering he hath perfected, for ever, them that are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit beareth witness to us: for, after having said, 16 “ This is the Covenant “ that I will make with them “after those days, saith the “Lord, I will put my laws “ into their hearts, and will
“write them in their mind;” John, iv. 23.
17 he afterwards saith, “And “ their sins and iniquities I “will remember no more :” 18 now, where remission of these is, there is no more of fering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, confidence by the blood of Jesus in that entrance to the Holiest Place, 20 which He hath opened for us, as a new and living way through the Veil, that is, through his flesh; 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God; 22 let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith; having our hearts cleansed