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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

94- Christ is the Priest

 

St-Takla.org Image: The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, encaustic on panel (Sinai, Egypt, Saint Catherine's Monastery, 6th-7th century). صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أقدم أيقونة في العالم تصور السيد المسيح الضابط الكل، مرسومة بألون شمعية، مصر، دير سانت كاثرين، سيناء - القرن 6-7 الميلادي.

St-Takla.org Image: The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, encaustic on panel (Sinai, Egypt, Saint Catherine's Monastery, 6th-7th century).

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أقدم أيقونة في العالم تصور السيد المسيح الضابط الكل، مرسومة بألون شمعية، مصر، دير سانت كاثرين، سيناء - القرن 6-7 الميلادي.

[19] The Same Applies To The Designation Of A Priest

Christ is our eternal Priest, while Saint Paul clearly indicates the human priesthood.

(Heb 5:6) As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek"

[20] There Is A Principal Difference Between The Priesthood Of Christ And The Human Priesthood

Christ is the priest and the sacrifice who offered Himself. As for the human priests, they are servants to the same sacrifice, which is still Christ.

This is why Saint Paul said:

(Heb 7:27) who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

(Heb 9:12) Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Christ’s Priesthood is the source of human priesthood, and its foundation.

Without Christ who offered Himself, Christian priesthood would have nothing to offer on the altar.

Christ granted forgiveness of our sins through His Sacrifice and His priesthood, which enables human priests to convey forgiveness as his vicars through the benefits of His Blood.

So human priesthood, is not at all contradicting nor hampering Christ’s priesthood, but a continuation.

[21] How About John 17:22

After expounding many of Christ’s designations conferred on the disciples, without infringing on His glory, I wish to ask the zealots for His glory a question with regard to the following verse:

(John 17:22) "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

We are transfixed in awe when we see the great love of God towards His servants and children, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. But we are not at all jealous for God.

(John 17:5) "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

He glorifies them with the glory fitting and bearable to their human nature.

He gave them the glory of His service which He was anointed for, as a Priest, King and a Prophet.

[22] He Only Handed Them A Portion Of What The Three Wise Men Presented Him, i.e. Gold, Frankincense And Myrrh

Their glory in service and leadership is symbolised by this gold.

Their glory in the priesthood is symbolised by the frankincense.

Their glory in bearing the cross is symbolised by the myrrh.

The glory of gold, incense and myrrh is only a glimpse of His infinite glory.

And for those who are jealous for the Glory of God, we wish to discuss with them 2 further points.

1) God glorifies His creation

2) Gods exalts His servants.


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