Hebrews 9:11 Index
"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"
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"But Christ . . . "

  • The high-priestly work of Christ now comes up for consideration and is shown to be vastly superior to the service performed by the earthly high priest. (7BC 452)

" . . . being come . . . "

  • (Greek paraginomai, "to come," "to arrive," "to be present," "to appear.") The verb form is preferably translated "having come," or "having appeared." Christ is here presented at the moment that He is inaugurated high priest of the heavenly sanctuary. (7BC 452)

" . . . of good things to come . . . "

  • Textual evidence is divided between this and the reading "good things having come," Both readings may be fitted into the context. The phrase "good things to come" would take account that the period when Paul wrote was one of transition and that the new had not completely replaced the old. This was especially true with regard to Jewish Christians (Hebrews 9:9). The translation "good things having come" would take note of the fact that when Jesus was installed as the high priest in heaven above, the good things of the new covenant had also come. (7BC 452)

" . . . greater and more perfect . . . "

  • No earthly structure can represent the vastness and glory of the heavenly temple where God dwells (PP 357). (7BC 453)

" . . . tabernacle . . . " (Hebrews 8:2 and Hebrews 9:24)

" . . . not made with hands . . . "

  • That is, not made with human hands. Earthly high priests functioned in handmade temples. Christ, the great High Priest, functions in a vastly superior tabernacle "pitched" by the Lord (Hebrews 8:2). (7BC 453)

" . . . not of this building."

  • Literally, "creation," here probably meaning the visible creation (Romans 8:19) (7BC 453)