11 Therefore remember that once you were Gentiles in the flesh and were called uncircumcision by the so-called circumcision in the flesh, made by hands,
12 and that you were then apart from Christ, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far have become near by the blood of Christ.
16 For where there is a last will and testament the death of the testator must be put in evidence.
17 For a will is valid in the case of the dead: it never has any force while the testator is living.
18 Hence the first covenant was not introduced without blood.
19 When all the commands of the Law had been spoken by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled it on the book and on all the people,
20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded for you."
17 So if any one is in Christ he is a new creature. The old things have passed away, they have become new.
18 And all things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given to us the service of reconciliation \'97
19 to proclaim that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting against men their sins, and that he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing to you through us. We pray you on Christ's behalf to be reconciled to God.
21 Him who knew no sin God made sin for our sake that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
4 We have such confidence through Christ toward God.
5 Not that of ourselves we are fit to reason out anything as from ourselves, but our fitness is from God,
6 who has fitted us to be servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the spirit. For the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through an eternal Spirit offered himself an unblemished sacrifice to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works for the service of the living God.
For this reason he is the mediator of a better covenant that, a death having taken place for redemption from sins under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the eternal inheritance promised to them.
1 FOR the Law with a shadow of the good things that are coming, but not the very likeness of the things, cannot, by the same sacrifices which they offer constantly every year, ever make perfect those who come,
2 since would they not have ceased offering them? Because the worshipers, once for all cleansed, would have had no consciousness of sins.
3 But in the sacrifices these are called to mind every year.
4 For the blood of bulls and goats is powerless to take away sins.
In this is love \'97 not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you;
for this is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.
In saying "new" he has pronounced the first covenant old. But what grows old and decadent is near to disappearance.
by so much better is the covenant of which Jesus has become surety.
He took the cup in the same manner after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.
But now Christ has obtained a ministry as much more excellent as the covenant of which he is mediator is better and based upon better promises.
For if that first covenant had been faultless a place would not have been sought for a second.