but this is the alliance 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: I will be their God, and they shall be my people. they shall no longer instruct every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. for I will pardon their iniquity, and their sins and their trangressions will I remember no more."
"this is the alliance that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their mind will I write them: he adds, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." now where they are remitted, there is no need of any further oblation for sin.
he adds, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
but by the precious blood of Christ, who is the lamb without spot, and without blemish:
than the sacrificers had to eat of the flesh of those beasts, which were burnt without the camp, and whose blood the highpriest carried into the sanctuary. for Jesus likewise suffered without the gate, to show he was the expiatory victim for the people. let us therefore decamp, and bear the reproach of following his example:
don't you think then that he deserves a much greater punishment, who hath despised the son of God, and counted the blood of the covenant wherewith be was sanctified, to have been justly shed, thereby offering an indignity to the spirit of grace?
And I beheld, and saw before the throne, in the midst of the four animals, and in the midst of the elders, a lamb which seem'd to have been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
the high priest only enter'd, and that but once every year, when he carried the blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people. the holy spirit showing thereby, that the way to the holy of holys, was not yet open, while the first tabernacle was standing. This type subsists to the present time, both gifts and sacrifices being still offered, which cannot purify the mind of him that officiates read more.
only in matters relating to meats and drinks, and divers baptisms, meer external rites which were to subsist only till the time of reformation. but Christ, the high priest of a better dispensation that was to come, having appeared, is enter'd into the holy of holys by a nobler and more perfect tabernacle, not the effect of human art, but of a higher nature; nor with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood he enter'd once for all into the holy of holys, after having obtained for us an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of bulls, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkled on the unclean, can cleanse them from external impurities; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the holy spirit offered himself a spotless victim to God, purify our souls from deadly sins, to serve the living God? and for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that, the transgressions that were unexpiated by the first testament, being expiated by his death, they who are called might receive the eternal inheritance, which was promised.
whence even the first testament was not established without the effusion of blood. for when every precept of the law had been represented by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, wool of a scarlet dye, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book of the law and all the people, saying, "this is the blood of the testament which God has made in your behalf." read more.
he sprinkled likewise the tabernacle with blood, and all the vessels used in divine service. and indeed according to the law almost every thing is purified with blood, without the effusion of which, there is no remission of sins. It was therefore necessary that what was only a type of the heavenly sanctuary, should be purified by such sacrifices; but the heavenly sanctuary itself, by a more excellent sacrifice. for Christ is not entred into a sanctuary made by human art, such as is only representative of the true one, but into heaven itself, to appear from henceforth in the presence of God on our behalf: nor to make a frequent offering of himself, as the high priest every year enters into the holy of holies with other blood than his own.
For the law being only an allusion to a future dispensation that was more excellent, and not an exact imitation of such a state, cannot by the anniversary sacrifices, which are offered, entirely purify those that present themselves. for then they would not have been repeated, because they who sacrificed being once purified, would not have been conscious of wanting any further atonement for their sins: whereas their annual sacrifices were accompanied with an anniversary commemoration of their sins. read more.
And indeed it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats, should take away the guilt of sin. wherefore at his appearing in publick, he saith, "sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure: then said I, lo I come, as in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do thy will, O God." after having said, "victims, oblations, holocausts, and sacrifice for sin, thou wouldst not, neither hadst pleasure therein," tho' they are all prescrib'd by the law; he immediately adds, "lo, I come to do thy WILL, O God." he abolishes the first to establish the second: in consequence of which WILL we are sanctified by the oblation which Jesus Christ has made once for all of his own body. While the high priest in his daily administrations frequently repeated the same sacrifices which could by no means expiate sin; Christ, after he had offered one sacrifice for sin, sat down on the right hand of God for ever: expecting the only event still remaining, the entire subjection of his enemies. for by one single oblation he has purified for ever those that are sanctified. and this is what the holy spirit declares, when after having said, "this is the alliance that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their mind will I write them: he adds, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." now where they are remitted, there is no need of any further oblation for sin. Wherefore, my brethren, since by virtue of the blood of Jesus we have the liberty of entring into the holy of holies, by a new and living way which he has first open'd for us, thro' the veil, that is, thro' his flesh; and having an high priest, who is established over the house of God, let us draw near with sincerity, in full assurance of faith, having our consciences purified from guilt, and our bodies washed with pure water.