11 An high priest of good things to come - Described, Heb 9:15. Entered
through a greater, that is, a more noble, and perfect tabernacle - Namely,
his own body. Not of this creation - Not framed by man, as that tabernacle
12 The holy place - Heaven. For us - All that believe.
13 If the ashes of an heifer - Consumed by fire as a sin - offering,
being sprinkled on them who were legally unclean. Purified the flesh -
Removed that legal uncleanness, and re - admitted them to the temple and
the congregation. Nu 19:17,18,19.
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ. - The merit of all his sufferings.
Who through the eternal Spirit - The work of redemption being the work
of the whole Trinity. Neither is the Second Person alone concerned even
in the amazing condescension that was needful to complete it. The Father
delivers up the kingdom to the Son; and the Holy Ghost becomes the gift
of the Messiah, being, as it were, sent according to his good pleasure.
Offered himself - Infinitely more precious than any created victim, and
that without spot to God. Purge our conscience - Our inmost soul. From
dead works - From all the inward and outward works of the devil, which
spring from spiritual death in the soul, and lead to death everlasting.
To serve the living God - In the life of faith, in perfect love and spotless
15 And for this end he is the Mediator of a new covenant, that they who
are called - To the engagements and benefits thereof. Might receive the
eternal inheritance promised to Abraham: not by means of legal sacrifices,
but of his meritorious death. For the redemption of the transgressions that
were under the first covenant - That is, for the redemption of transgressors
from the guilt and punishment of those sins which were committed in the time
of the old covenant. The article of his death properly divides the old
covenant from the new.