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The Epistle to the Hebrews drives home the point that Jesus was the greatest High
Priest who performed an eternal sacrifice of everlasting covenant with God. Nowhere in
the New Testament is the atonement of Jesus Christ more comprehensively taught than in
the heart of this important text.Many features of this atonement, which fulfills and transcends
the atoning sacrifices previously performed by the Levitical priests under the Law of Moses,
are clearly presented here, particularly its compassion, power, sworn certainty, immortal
operation, perfection, authority, mediation, sacrificial efficacy, covenantal sealing, and
remitting generosity. To the witness of Hebrews, the briefer testimonies of Romans and
1 Peter are also added.
Craig R. Koester, Hebrews: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (New York: Doubleday, 2001), 352–62, 393–416.