In Hebrews 9:11-12 we are told that Jesus our High Priest enters the Most Holy Place only once
11But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made by hands and is not a part of this creation. 12He did not enter by the blood of goats and calves, but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus securing eternal redemption*
My understanding is that this verse is used in support of the view that only a single sacrifice was offered for the cleansing of sin, however, verse 23 of Hebrews 9 seems to indicate that the Heavenly Sanctuary itself requires purification from multiple sacrifices...better ones than those of the Old Testament Covenant!
Berean Study Bible
- So it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these
New Living Translation
- That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
New King James Version
- Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
- For it is necessary that these things which are symbols of the Heavenly are purified by these things, but the Heavenly by better sacrifices than these.
So are we to deduce from this that whilst Jesus' sacrifice on the cross was once for all sin, the cleansing of items in the heavenly sanctuary requires multiple sacrifices?
How does one resolve this contradiction in a logical and consistent way that does not discount the text in Hebrews 9:23?