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Hebrews 10:1-23 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Christ’s Eternal Sacrifice

10 The old system of living under the law presented us with only a faint shadow, a crude outline of the reality of the wonderful blessings to come. Even with its steady stream of sacrifices offered year after year, there still was nothing that could make our hearts perfect before God. 2–3 For if animal sacrifices could once and for all eliminate sin, they would have ceased to be offered and the worshipers would have clean consciences. Instead, once was not enough so by the repetitive sacrifices year after year, the worshipers were continually reminded of their sins, with their hearts still impure. For what power does the blood of bulls and goats[a] have to remove sin’s guilt?

So when Jesus the Messiah came into the world he said,

“Since your ultimate desire was not another animal sacrifice,
    you have clothed me with a body[b]
    that I might offer myself instead!
Multiple burnt offerings and sin-offerings
    cannot satisfy your justice.
So I said to you, ‘God—
    I will be the One to go and do your will,
    to fulfill all that is written of me in your Word!’ ”[c]

First he said, “Multiple burnt-offerings and sin-offerings cannot satisfy your justice” (even though the law required them to be offered).

And then he said, “God, I will be the One to go and do your will.” So by being the sacrifice that removes sin, he abolishes animal sacrifices[d] and replaces that entire system with the new covenant.[e] 10 By God’s will we have been purified and made holy once and for all[f] through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the Messiah!

11 Yet every day priests still serve, ritually offering the same sacrifices again and again—sacrifices that can never take away sin’s guilt. 12 But when this Priest had offered the one supreme sacrifice for sin for all time he sat down on a throne at the right hand of God, 13 waiting until all his whispering enemies are subdued and turn into his footstool. 14 And by his one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy[g] and complete for all time!

15 The Holy Spirit confirms this to us by this Scripture, for the Lord says,

16 “Afterwards, I will give them this covenant: I will embed my laws into their hearts and fasten my Word to their thoughts.”

17 And then he says,

“I will not ever again remember their sins and lawless deeds!”[h]

18 So if our sins have been forgiven and forgotten, why would we ever need to offer another sacrifice for sin?

Our Confidence before God

19 And now we are brothers and sisters in God’s family because of the blood of Jesus, and he welcomes us to come right into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm—boldly and with no hesitation. 20 For he has dedicated a new,[i] life-giving way for us to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus’ body was torn open to give us free and fresh access to him!

21 And since we now have a magnificent King-Priest to welcome us into God’s house, 22 we come closer to God and approach him[j] with an open heart, fully convinced by faith that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity and we have been freed from an accusing conscience and now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out![k]

23 So now we must cling tightly to the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises![l]

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 10:4 The Aramaic can be translated “bulls and birds.”
  2. Hebrews 10:5 As translated from the Aramaic. See also Ps. 40:6-8. The Hebrew of Ps. 40:6 has, “My ears you have pierced.” The Clementine Septuagint has “My ears you have prepared.”
  3. Hebrews 10:7 Or “in the scroll of the Book.” The Aramaic can be translated “from the beginning of your writings [the Torah] it is spoken of me.”
  4. Hebrews 10:9 Or “he abolishes the first.”
  5. Hebrews 10:9 Or “the second” (covenant).
  6. Hebrews 10:10 Or “made holy through the offering up of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.”
  7. Hebrews 10:14 Or “we are being made holy.”
  8. Hebrews 10:17 See Jer. 31:33-34.
  9. Hebrews 10:20 Or “newly slain.”
  10. Hebrews 10:22 Or “draw near to God,” or “offer a true sacrifice. The Hebrew verbs “to draw near” (lehitkarev) and “to offer a sacrifice” (lehakriv) are nearly identical and both are taken from the same root word.
  11. Hebrews 10:22 Or “our bodies washed with pure water.”
  12. Hebrews 10:23 The Aramaic can be translated “Faithful is the One who sent us this message of hope.”
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