Hebrews 9:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 9:24, NIV: For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.

Hebrews 9:24, ESV: 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.

Hebrews 9:24, KJV: For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Hebrews 9:24, NASB: For Christ did not enter a holy place made by hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

Hebrews 9:24, NLT: For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:24, CSB: For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, so that he might now appear in the presence of God for us.

What does Hebrews 9:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse summarizes a key point made in chapter 9. The earthly temple built by Moses was a physical place, filled with physical objects, and used as a center for physical rituals. These rituals were necessary, and important, but could not completely save mankind from their sins. Rather, these were always intended by God as a copy of the new covenant: a shadow of the "real" method God intended to use for our redemption.

The holy places referenced here are those of the temple which God instructed Moses to build. These represented a barrier between God and men, since only certain people could enter (Hebrews 9:6–8). The sacrifices offered there represented the weakness of animal sacrifice, since they could only temporarily and partially atone for sin. Anything made with hands, or accomplished by human hands, is inherently temporary and limited.

Christ, in contrast, serves as our high priest in the "real" holy places, in heaven, rather than here on earth. As the next verses will explain, this perfect sacrifice not only occurs in a better place, it has a greater power. Jesus only had to die once, for all sin, rather than follow the limited, repeated nature of animal sacrifices.