13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing(A) of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,(B) 14 who gave himself for us(C) to redeem us from all wickedness(D) and to purify(E) for himself a people that are his very own,(F) eager to do what is good.(G)

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God’s Final Word: His Son

In the past God spoke(A) to our ancestors through the prophets(B) at many times and in various ways,(C) but in these last days(D) he has spoken to us by his Son,(E) whom he appointed heir(F) of all things, and through whom(G) also he made the universe.(H) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory(I) and the exact representation of his being,(J) sustaining all things(K) by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins,(L) he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.(M)

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Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest(A) who has ascended into heaven,[a](B) Jesus the Son of God,(C) let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.(D) 15 For we do not have a high priest(E) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are(F)—yet he did not sin.(G)

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  1. Hebrews 4:14 Greek has gone through the heavens

14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah,(A) and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:

“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”[a](B)

18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless(C) 19 (for the law made nothing perfect),(D) and a better hope(E) is introduced, by which we draw near to God.(F)

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:(G)
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”[b](H)

22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.(I)

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.(J) 25 Therefore he is able to save(K) completely[c] those who come to God(L) through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.(M)

26 Such a high priest(N) truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,(O) exalted above the heavens.(P) 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices(Q) day after day, first for his own sins,(R) and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all(S) when he offered himself.(T) 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness;(U) but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son,(V) who has been made perfect(W) forever.

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  1. Hebrews 7:17 Psalm 110:4
  2. Hebrews 7:21 Psalm 110:4
  3. Hebrews 7:25 Or forever

12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;(A) but he entered the Most Holy Place(B) once for all(C) by his own blood,(D) thus obtaining[a] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls(E) and the ashes of a heifer(F) sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit(G) offered himself(H) unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences(I) from acts that lead to death,[b](J) so that we may serve the living God!(K)

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator(L) of a new covenant,(M) that those who are called(N) may receive the promised(O) eternal inheritance(P)—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.(Q)

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  1. Hebrews 9:12 Or blood, having obtained
  2. Hebrews 9:14 Or from useless rituals

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one;(A) he entered heaven itself,(B) now to appear for us in God’s presence.(C) 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place(D) every year with blood that is not his own.(E) 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.(F) But he has appeared(G) once for all(H) at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.(I) 27 Just as people are destined to die once,(J) and after that to face judgment,(K) 28 so Christ was sacrificed once(L) to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time,(M) not to bear sin,(N) but to bring salvation(O) to those who are waiting for him.(P)

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fixing our eyes on Jesus,(A) the pioneer(B) and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,(C) scorning its shame,(D) and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(E)

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.(A)

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21 To this(A) you were called,(B) because Christ suffered for you,(C) leaving you an example,(D) that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,(E)
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[a](F)

23 When they hurled their insults at him,(G) he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.(H) Instead, he entrusted himself(I) to him who judges justly.(J) 24 “He himself bore our sins”(K) in his body on the cross,(L) so that we might die to sins(M) and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”(N) 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[b](O) but now you have returned to the Shepherd(P) and Overseer of your souls.(Q)

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  1. 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9
  2. 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)

22 who has gone into heaven(A) and is at God’s right hand(B)—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.(C)

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But if we walk in the light,(A) as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a] sin.(B)

If we claim to be without sin,(C) we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.(D) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(E) and purify us from all unrighteousness.(F)

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  1. 1 John 1:7 Or every

Dear friends,(A) now we are children of God,(B) and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a](C) we shall be like him,(D) for we shall see him as he is.(E)

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  1. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known

14 And we have seen and testify(A) that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.(B) 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,(C) God lives in them and they in God.(D)

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We accept human testimony,(A) but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God,(B) which he has given about his Son.

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I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ(A) as coming in the flesh,(B) have gone out into the world.(C) Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.(D) Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.(E) Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ(F) does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.(G)

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  1. 2 John 1:8 Some manuscripts you

13 and among the lampstands(A) was someone like a son of man,[a](B) dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet(C) and with a golden sash around his chest.(D) 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.(E) 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace,(F) and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.(G) 16 In his right hand he held seven stars,(H) and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.(I) His face was like the sun(J) shining in all its brilliance.

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  1. Revelation 1:13 See Daniel 7:13.

And they sang a new song, saying:(A)

“You are worthy(B) to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood(C) you purchased(D) for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.(E)
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests(F) to serve our God,
    and they will reign[a] on the earth.”(G)

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand.(H) They encircled the throne and the living creatures(I) and the elders.(J) 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb,(K) who was slain,(L)
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”(M)

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth(N) and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne(O) and to the Lamb(P)
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”(Q)

14 The four living creatures(R) said, “Amen,”(S) and the elders(T) fell down and worshiped.(U)

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  1. Revelation 5:10 Some manuscripts they reign

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven(A) say:

“Now have come the salvation(B) and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,(C)
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over(D) him
    by the blood of the Lamb(E)
    and by the word of their testimony;(F)
they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death.(G)

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All inhabitants of the earth(A) will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life,(B) the Lamb(C) who was slain from the creation of the world.[a](D)

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  1. Revelation 13:8 Or written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain

16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:(A)

king of kings and lord of lords.(B)

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