Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
1The 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.
3But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year.
“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
But you have given me a body to offer.
6You were not pleased with burnt offerings
or other offerings for sin.
7Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—
as is written about me in the Scriptures.’”*10:5-7 Ps 40:6-8 (Greek version).
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).
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.
15And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
16“This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,*10:16a Greek after those days. says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”*10:16b Jer 31:33a.
17Then he says,
“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”*10:17 Jer 31:34b.
18And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
A Call to Persevere
19And so, dear brothers and sisters,*10:19 Greek brothers. we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
23Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
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.
“I will take revenge.
I will pay them back.”*10:30a Deut 32:35.
He also said,
“The Lord will judge his own people.”*10:30b Deut 32:36.
31It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ.*10:32 Greek when you were first enlightened. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.
35So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!
37“For in just a little while,
the Coming One will come and not delay.
38And my righteous ones will live by faith.*10:38 Or my righteous ones will live by their faithfulness; Greek reads my righteous one will live by faith.
But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”*10:37-38 Hab 2:3-4.
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.