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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

16- Priesthood is a calling and a mission

 

[8] Priesthood As An Anointing And A Mission

Here the Scriptures declare;

(Isa 61:1) "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Here the Anointing preceded the mission… Whoever is not sent by God, their works are futile

(Jer 23:32) "Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," says the LORD, "and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all," says the LORD.

St-Takla.org         Image: The twelve Apostles, Depiction of Christ enthroned, Monastery of Apollo in Bawit, Egypt - ancient Coptic art صورة: الـ12 تلميذ - قبه باويط، دير أبوللو، مصر، ويظهر السيد المسيح في العرش محاطًا بالعذراء و التلاميذ الاثني عشر - من الفن القبطي الأثري

St-Takla.org Image: The twelve Apostles, Depiction of Christ enthroned, Monastery of Apollo in Bawit, Egypt - ancient Coptic art

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الـ12 تلميذ - قبه باويط، دير أبوللو، مصر، ويظهر السيد المسيح في العرش محاطًا بالعذراء و التلاميذ الاثني عشر - من الفن القبطي الأثري

[9] The Calling, Selection, the Anointing and Commissioning are also found in the New Testament.

The Call

(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.

(Mat 10:5) These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.

Hence there is specific and selective calling for mission. The Mission

(Luke 9:1-2) Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. {2} He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

(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.

The Lord described their mission as of His own:

(John 20:21) So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."

(John 17:18) "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

The Lord also confirmed the necessity of this mission when He said:

(Mat 9:38) "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

The Selection

The Lord Spoke of the selection saying

(John 15:16) "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

Hence there is a process of selection and mission, so that no one can appoint himself, but only those who are called from God such as Aaron.

[10] Christ Specified The Place And Type Of Mission, So As Not To Work Independently

At first He said to them;

(Mat 10:5-6) These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. {6} "But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Then finally He said;

(Acts 1:8) "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

When God selected Saint Paul, He sent him to the Gentiles, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. As for the type of work, the Lord Said to them;

(Mat 28:19-20) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

(Mark 16:15-16) And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. {16} "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Here we find out of their specific mission and duties of preaching, making disciples, baptising and to hand over what they received from the Lord.


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