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Hebrews 9:11-12

With or By'

Equally sincere students of the Bible have disagreed on the interpretation of this passage. It reads,

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, but a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11, 12).

I personally do not believe that Christ went into Heaven with His blood. Note that verse 12 does not say that He entered Heaven with His own blood, but by (or through) His own blood. The preposition dia may be translated “through” “by reason of,” or “by virtue of.” Christ is now seated in Heaven as the High Priest by virtue of His sacrificial death.

The idea of carrying actual blood into Heaven is not justified by the passage. Remember, this “more perfect tabernacle” in Heaven was “made without hands.” The context does not allow for the admission of this literal material of earth. Besides Christ’s blood was efficacious the moment it was shed, as evidenced by the torn veil in the temple.

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