Hebrews 10:20
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New International Version
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

King James Bible
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Darby Bible Translation
the new and living way which he has dedicated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,

World English Bible
by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Young's Literal Translation
which way he did initiate for us -- new and living, through the vail, that is, his flesh --

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

By a new and living way - It is a new way; no human being had ever before entered into the heaven of heavens; Jesus in human nature was the first, and thus he has opened the way to heaven to mankind, his own resurrection and ascension to glory being the proof and pledge of ours.

The way is called ὁδον προσφατον και ζωσαν, new or fresh, and living. This is evidently an allusion to the blood of the victim newly shed, uncoagulated, and consequently proper to be used for sprinkling. The blood of the Jewish victims was fit for sacrificial purposes only so long as it was warm and fluid, and might be considered as yet possessing its vitality; but when it grew cold, it coagulated, lost its vitality, and was no longer proper to be used sacrificially. Christ is here, in the allusion, represented as newly slain, and yet living; the blood ever considered as flowing and giving life to the world. The way by the old covenant neither gave life, nor removed the liability to death. The way to peace and reconciliation, under the old covenant, was through the dead bodies of the animals slain; but Christ is living, and ever liveth, to make intercession for us; therefore he is a new and living way.

In the Choephorae of Aeschylus, ver. 801, there is an expression like this of the apostle: -

Αγετε, των παλαι πεπραγμενων

Αυσασθ' ἁιμα προσφατοις δικαις.

Agite, olim venditorum

Solvite sanguinem recenti vindicta.

This way, says Dr. Owen, is new,

1. Because it was but newly made and prepared.

2. Because it belongs unto the new covenant.

3. Because it admits of no decays, but is always new, as to its efficacy and use, as in the day of its first preparation.

4. The way of the tabernacle waxed old, and so was prepared for a removal; but the Gospel way of salvation shall never be altered, nor changed, nor decay; it is always new, and remains for ever.

It is also called ζωσαν, living,

1. In opposition to the way into the holiest under the tabernacle, which was by death; nothing could be done in it without the blood of a victim.


Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a new.

John 10:7,9 Then said Jesus to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep...

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

consecrated. or, new made. through.

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;

Hebrews 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

Exodus 26:31 And you shall make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubim shall it be made:


Exodus 36:35 And he made a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubim made he it of cunning work.


Leviticus 16:2,15 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother...

Leviticus 21:23 Only he shall not go in to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries...

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom.

Luke 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the middle.


John 6:51-56 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever...

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances...

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels...

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh...

1 John 4:2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh...

July 17. "By one Offering He Hath Perfected Forever them that are Sanctified" (Heb. x. 14).
"By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified" (Heb. x. 14). Are you missing what belongs to you? He has promised to sanctify you. He has promised sanctification for you by coming to you Himself and being made of God to you sanctification. Jesus is my sanctification. Having Him I have obedience, rest, patience and everything I need. He is alive forevermore. If you have Him nothing can be against you. Your temptations will not be against you; your bad temper will not be against
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

June the Fourteenth the Law in the Heart
"I will put My laws into their hearts." --HEBREWS x. 16-22. Everything depends on where we carry the law of the Lord. If it only rests in the memory, any vagrant care may snatch it away. The business of the day may wipe it out as a sponge erases a record from a slate. A thought is never secure until it has passed from the mind into the heart, and has become a desire, an aspiration, a passion. When the law of God is taken into the heart, it is no longer something merely remembered: it is something
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Inward Laws
I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them. Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.' (Hebrews x. 16, 17.) The beginnings of religion lie in the desire to have our sins forgiven, and to be enabled to avoid doing the wrong things again. It was so with David when, in the fifty-first Psalm, he not only cried, 'Have mercy upon me, O God, and blot out my transgressions', but 'Wash me, cleanse me from my sin'. Sin is a double evil. On the one hand, it creates
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service

Like one of Us.
"But a body Thou hast prepared Me."-- Heb. x. 5. The completion of the Old Testament did not finish the work that the Holy Spirit undertook for the whole Church. The Scripture may be the instrument whereby to act upon the consciousness of the sinner and to open his eyes to the beauty of the divine life, but it can not impart that life to the Church. Hence it is followed by another work of the Holy Spirit, viz., the preparation of the body of Christ. The well-known words of Psalm xl. 6, 7: "Sacrifice
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Cross References
John 14:6
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Hebrews 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

Hebrews 9:3
Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,

Hebrews 9:8
The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.

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