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Darby Bible Translation
Christ's Sacrifice Once for All
(Psalm 147:1-20; Romans 3:1-8)
1For the law, having a shadow of the coming good things, not the image itself of the things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually yearly, perfect those who approach.
2Since, would they not indeed have ceased being offered, on account of the worshippers once purged having no longer any conscience of sins?
3But in these there is a calling to mind of sins yearly.
4For blood of bulls and goats is incapable of taking away sins.
5Wherefore coming into the world he says, Sacrifice and offering thou willedst not; but thou hast prepared me a body.
6Thou tookest no pleasure in burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin.
7Then I said, Lo, I come (in the roll of the book it is written of me) to do, O God, thy will.
8Above, saying Sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou willedst not, neither tookest pleasure in (which are offered according to the law);
9then he said, Lo, I come to do thy will. He takes away the first that he may establish the second;
10by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11And every priest stands daily ministering, and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12But he, having offered one sacrifice for sins, sat down in perpetuity at the right hand of God,
13waiting from henceforth until his enemies be set for the footstool of his feet.
14For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity the sanctified.
15And the Holy Spirit also bears us witness of it; for after what was said:
16This is the covenant which I will establish towards them after those days, saith the Lord: Giving my laws into their hearts, I will write them also in their understandings;
17and their sins and their lawlessnesses I will never remember any more.
18But where there is remission of these, there is no longer a sacrifice for sin.
A Call to Persevere
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness for entering into the holy of holies by the blood of Jesus,
20the new and living way which he has dedicated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,
21and having a great priest over the house of God,
22let us approach with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, sprinkled as to our hearts from a wicked conscience, and washed as to our body with pure water.
23Let us hold fast the confession of the hope unwavering, (for he is faithful who has promised;)
24and let us consider one another for provoking to love and good works;
25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the custom is with some; but encouraging one another, and by so much the more as ye see the day drawing near.
26For where we sin wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins,
27but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and heat of fire about to devour the adversaries.
28Any one that has disregarded Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses:
29of how much worse punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and esteemed the blood of the covenant, whereby he has been sanctified, common, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30For we know him that said, To me belongs vengeance; I will recompense, saith the Lord: and again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31It is a fearful thing falling into the hands of the living God.
32But call to mind the earlier days in which, having been enlightened, ye endured much conflict of sufferings;
33on the one hand, when ye were made a spectacle both in reproaches and afflictions; and on the other, when ye became partakers with those who were passing through them.
34For ye both sympathised with prisoners and accepted with joy the plunder of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better substance, and an abiding one.
35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense.
36For ye have need of endurance in order that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.
37For yet a very little while he that comes will come, and will not delay.
38But the just shall live by faith; and, if he draw back, my soul does not take pleasure in him.
39But we are not drawers back to perdition, but of faith to saving the soul.