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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

11- Has the Priesthood came to an End?!

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: علامة استفهام

Did the priesthood of mankind come to an end with the sacrifice of Christ?

Did Christ, becomes the one and only priest?

Here we observe a contradiction in people who claim that "God has made us to be a kingdom and priests", and at the same time they say Human priesthood is no more.

Is the priesthood of Christ limited to mean offering Himself as a sacrifice?

And if it so, God forbid, does this mean that the Priesthood of Christ has come to an end? While He is an Eternal Priest:

(Heb 7:3) without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

(Heb 7:21) (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek'"),

(Heb 7:24) But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

He perpetually offers us His Body and Blood:

(John 6:56) "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

So if our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ offers His Body and His Blood to every believer and every generation, does He need to conduct this sacrament Himself, or can it be done through His vicars and apostles who propagate His edict.

(1 Cor 11:25) In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

Hence priests are required to carry out His remembrance

Who said that the bible did not mention other Priests except for Christ?


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