But, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then, through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered, once for all, into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For, if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself, without blemish, to God, purify our consciences from dead works to serve the living God.
Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For, where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore, not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. For, when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” And, in the same way, he sprinkled, with the blood, both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law, almost everything is purified with blood and, without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
Thus, it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer Himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But, as it is, He has appeared, once for all, at the end of the ages, to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And, just as it is appointed for man to die once and, after that, comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him. (Hebrews 9.11-28)