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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Hebrews 9:8-14

In these verses the apostle undertakes to deliver to us the mind and meaning of the Holy Ghost in all the ordinances of the tabernacle and legal economy, comprehending both place and worship. The scriptures of the Old Testament were given by inspiration of God; holy men of old spoke and wrote as the Holy Ghost directed them. And these Old-Testament records are of great use and significancy, not only to those who first received them, but even to Christians, who ought not to satisfy themselves... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Hebrews 9:11-14

9:11-14 But when Christ arrived upon the scene, a high priest of the good things which are to come, by means of a tabernacle which was greater and better able to produce the results for which it was meant, a tabernacle not made by the hands of men--that is, a tabernacle which did not belong to this world order--and not by the blood of goats and bullocks but by his own blood, he entered once and for all into the Holy Place because he had secured for us an eternal redemption. For if the blood... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Hebrews 9:11

But Christ being come an high priest ,.... Christ is come, as appears from the cessation of civil government among the Jews, which was not to be till Shiloh came; from the destruction of the second temple, into which the Messiah was to come, and did; from the expiration of Daniel's weeks, at which he was to appear, and be cut off; from the coming of John the Baptist, his forerunner, and from the preaching of the Gospel to the Gentiles, and the calling and conversion of them, and the effusion... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Hebrews 9:12

Neither by the blood of goats and calves ,.... With which the high priest entered into the holy place, within the vail, on the day of atonement, Leviticus 16:14 for Christ was not an high priest of the order of Aaron, nor could the blood of these creatures take away sin, nor would God accept of such sacrifices any longer: but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place ; which shows the truth of his human nature, and the virtue of its blood, as in union with his divine... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 9:11

But Christ being come a high priest of good things - I think this and the succeeding verses not happily translated: indeed, the division of them has led to a wrong translation; therefore they must be taken together, thus: But the Christ, the high priest of those good things (or services) which were to come, through a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is, not of the same workmanship, entered once for all into the sanctuary; having obtained eternal redemption for... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 9:12

But by his own blood - Here the redemption of man is attributed to the blood of Christ; and this blood is stated to be shed in a sacrificial way, precisely as the blood of bulls, goats and calves was shed under the law. Once - Once for all, εφαπαξ , in opposition to the annual entering of the high priest into the holiest, with the blood of the annual victim. The holy place - Or sanctuary, τα ἁγιᾳ , signifies heaven, into which Jesus entered with his own blood, as the high... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 9:11

Verse 11 11.But Christ being come, etc. He now sets before us the reality of the things under the Law, that it may turn our eyes from them to itself; for he who believes that the things then shadowed forth under the Law have been really found in Christ, will no longer cleave to the shadows, but will embrace the substance and the genuine reality. But the particulars of the comparison between Christ and the ancient high priest, ought to be carefully noticed. He had said that the high priest... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 9:12

Verse 12 12.Neither by the blood of goats, etc. All these things tend to show that the things of Christ so far excel the shadows of the Law, that they justly reduce them all to nothing. For what is the value of Christ’s blood, if it be deemed no better than the blood of beasts? What sort of expiation was made by his death, if the purgations according to the Law be still retained? As soon then as Christ came forth with the efficacious influence of his death, all the typical observances must... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 9:6-13

The Day of Atonement fulfilled, and its imperfect blessings perfected in Christ. In dealing with the abolition of the types of the old economy since their fulfillment in the high priesthood of Christ ( Hebrews 9:1-28 ; Hebrews 10:18 ), the writer comes here to dwell on the Jewish Day of Atonement. That day is the key to these and following verses, and the most forcible illustration of our Lord's high priestly work. This day was at the basis of the Jewish system; by its services,... read more

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