“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
The sacrificial Ministry of the old priesthood was unable to make perfect the worshipper’s conscience. While the old priesthood was incomplete, the sacrificial ministry of the Messiah is able to purge our conscience. This perfect cleansing enables the followers of the Messiah to engage in works that serve the living God.
The Ministry of the Messiah is that of a new covenant mediator. His ministry is superior because he does not enter an earthly sanctuary but into heaven itself and us into the very presence of God.
Unlike the high priest who entered annually in to the most holy place, the Messiah entered into the most holy place once for all. Unlike the old covenant that was inaugurated by the death of animals that had no choice in the matter, the new covenant was inaugurated by the Messiah’s voluntary death. Unlike the old priesthood that offered the blood of animals the Messiah offered his own blood. Unlike the old priesthood that offered sacrifices continually without effect, the blood of the Messiah obtained eternal redemption.
“We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”