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Hebrews 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:1 - The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:2 - Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:3 - But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:4 - It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
(cf. Psa 40:6–8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:5 - Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:6 - with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:7 - Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:8 - First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:9 - Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:10 - And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:11 - Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:12 - But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:13 - and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:14 - For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:15 - The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:16 - “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:17 - Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:18 - And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

A Call to Persevere in Faith

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:19 - Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:20 - by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:21 - and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:22 - let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:23 - Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:24 - And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:25 - not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:26 - If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:27 - but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:28 - Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:29 - How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:30 - For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[fn] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:31 - It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:32 - Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:33 - Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:34 - You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:35 - So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:36 - You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:37 - For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:38 - And, “But my righteous[fn] one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 10:39 - But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
NIV Footnotes
Psalm 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
Jer. 31:33
Jer. 31:34
Deut. 32:35
Deut. 32:36; Psalm 135:14
Isaiah 26:20; Hab. 2:3
Some manuscripts But the righteous
Hab. 2:4 (see Septuagint)

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