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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

13- What does high priest mean?

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ملكي صادق

Christ, a High Priest denotes that He is in charge of other priests, having other priest, under His command. Saint Paul address this point in his epistle to the Hebrews:

(Heb 3:1) Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.

(Heb 5:10) called by God as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek,"

(Heb 6:20) where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

(Heb 4:15) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

So if Christ, as witnessed by the Scriptures is a High (Chief) Priest, so who should be under His command, other than the New Testament priests?

In the parable of the wicked vine keepers, which represents the evil priests in the Old Testament, we notice that the Scriptures did not say that He abolished the positions of the evil vine keepers.

(Mat 21:41) They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."

(Mat 21:43) "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.

The above verse also prophesied about the Gentiles Priesthood.


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