11 But Christ came as a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this [physical] creation;
12 He did not enter by the blood of goats and calves, but he entered in once and for all into the Holy of Holies by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh,
14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purge your conscience from dead works [from your own will] to serve the living God?1 [The third witness in the earth, the blood of Jesus, is sprinkled in the heart and conscience; by which blood you are sanctified and are cleansed from all your dead works to serve the living God and to serve your dead works no longer, dead works being your deeds and words that originated from your own will, your carnal mind, your evil imagination — dead works done by men that are dead to the life of God that Adam lost for all men. Works of obedient faith to God's orders are not dead works and are essential works of life. From the Word of the Lord within: "When you are purged from dead works, you are freed from serving iniquity to serving God. Happy are they who serve God in His kingdom." Dead works also include obsolete works of the law such as: sacrifices, circumcision, tithing, days, sabbaths, foods, etc.]
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, so that those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. [Protestant Christianity teaches that Christ being the mediator, is like a defense lawyer who never loses a case and is going to excuse their life of sin because they "believe;" but that is not the function of Christ the mediator. The mediator's function is not to excuse, it is to mediate the new covenant, writing the law of God in a man's heart, so changing a man to become holy and pure, freed from all sin, perfected forever, and in union with Christ and God, speaking and working according to the will of God, not the man's own will any longer.
From the Word of the Lord within:
24 For Christ has not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others.
26 For then he [Christ] would have had to have suffered over and over since the foundation of the world; but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed to men to die once, but after this the judgment,2 [This verse refutes reincarnation, and the footnote below further refutes it.]
28 So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation.3 [Those who are persistently and patiently waiting on God, see Jesus appear in their hearts, and see Jesus bring their salvation, which is to be delivered (freed) from all sin. To wait on God is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him; only those who heed and obey Him receive eternal salvation. Heb 5:9. But if we hope for what we do not yet see, then we wait for it [salvation] with patient endurance, Rom 8:25; we wait for salvation. From the Word of the Lord within: "You must wait on the Lord to receive salvation."]
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2 And walk in love, as Christ has also loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.