for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
These serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned when he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He said, Be careful that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain.
This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper's conscience.
Since the law has [only] a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.
"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.
Therefore, while the promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear so that none of you should miss it.
For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith
(for we who have believed enter the rest), in keeping with what He has said: So I swore in My anger, they will not enter My rest. And yet His works have been finished since the foundation of the world,
for somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in this way: And on the seventh day God rested from all His works.
Again, in that passage [He says], They will never enter My rest.
Since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news did not enter because of disobedience,
again, He specifies a certain day-- today-- speaking through David after such a long time, as previously stated: Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.
For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken later about another day.
A Sabbath rest remains, therefore, for God's people.
For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from His.
Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.