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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

24- The Clergy Are Selected Men Assigned Special Tasks


[17] The Selected Men Of The Lord

We read in the Gospel:

(Luke 16:12-13) "And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? {13} "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."         Image: Christ and the Twelve Apostles c. 1100 صورة: أيقونة المسيح والاثنى عشر تلميذًا - رسم سنة 1100 Image: Christ and the Twelve Apostles c. 1100

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة المسيح والاثنى عشر تلميذًا - رسم سنة 1100

(Luke 10:1) After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.

From the above one can deduce the following:

1 Priesthood is a divine plan.

2 Priesthood was established by the Lord Himself.

3 He started with the Apostles, assigning them the work, and the place.

4 He also blessed them and granted them a special authority as found in Matthew 10:1.

(Mat 10:1) And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

[18] Christ Also Blessed Who Accepts the Disciples and Punishment For People Who Reject Or Despise Them

(Mat 10:40) "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

(Luke 10:16) "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."

(Luke 10:10-12) "But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, {11} 'The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.' {12} "But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.

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