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Ueljolb tl)c j:amb of (5oI>, u)l)icl) taketl) atoaj) tl)c sin of tlje



CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE,



457



toorlb ! This is lie of whom I said, After me cometh a man which
is preferred before me ; for he was before me. And I knew him
not : but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am

I come baptizing with water

Again the next daj^ after, John stood, and two of his disci-
ples : and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Scljolb tllC
Camb of (J5o5 ! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they
followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and
saith unto them. What seek ye ? They said unto him, Rabbi,
(which is to say, being interpreted. Master,) where dwellest thou ?
He saith unto them, Come and see. Tliej' came and saw where he
dwelt, and abode with him that day : for it was about the tenth
hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him,
was Andrew, Simon Peter's brothei-. He first findeth his own
brother Simon, and saith unto him, tOc Ijauc foUUl) tl)C iUessias :

U)l)icl)is, being intcrpvctc^, tl)c (Cl)rist.

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses
gave you not that bread from heaven ; but my Father giveth you

the true bread from heaven I am the living bread

which came down from heaven : if any man eat of this bread, he
shall live forever: anh tl)c bvciib tl]at 3 ujiU Qiwc is mn flcsl),
tDl)icl) 3 toill igiwc for tl)e life of tl)c xooxib.

And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Ce-
sarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto
them, Whom do men say that I am ? And they answered, John
the Baptist : but some say, Elias ; and others. One of the prophets.
And he saith unto them. But whom say ye that I am ? And Pe-
ter answereth and saith unto him. Thou art tl)e (!tl)rist. And he
charged them that they should tell no man of him.

I am the good shepherd : the good sheplierd giveth his life
for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd,
whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth
the sheep, and tieeth : and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth
the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and
careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my
sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even
so know I the Father : aub 3 lilt] b0U3n mn life for tl)e 3l)eC|J.
And other sheep I have, which are not uf this fold : them also I
must bring, and they shall hear my voice ; and there shall be one
fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, be-
cause 3 Ian boran mn life, tijat 3 migljt take it again. No
man taketl) it from me, but 3 laji it boron of mnself I have

power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This
commandment have I received of my Father.

Jesus said. Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise
dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority



John,
i. 35-41.



Jolin,
vi. 3e, 51.



Mark,
viii. -^-ao.



John,
X. 11-18.



Matthew,
XX. 25-28.



458



CHEIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE.



Matthew,
xxvi. 1, 2.



Matthew,
xxvi. 17-28.



Matthew,

xxvii. 27-35,

45-51.

.lohn,

xix. 28-30.



upon them. But it shall not be so among you : but whosoever
Avill be great among you, let liim be your minister ; and whosoever
will be chief among you, let him be your servant : even as the Son
of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, ailb lO

giuc l)is life a ransom for manji.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these say-
ings, he said unto his disciples. Ye know that after ttDO biTTlS is

l\)c feast of tl)c passooer, anb tl)e Son of man is betraneb to
be crucitleb.

Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, the dis-
ciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we
prepare for thee to eat the passover ? And he said. Go into the
city to such a man, and say unto him. The Master saith, My time
is at hand ; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them ; and they
made ready the passover.

Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
And as they did eat, he said. Verily I say unto you, that one of you
shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began
every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I ? And he an-
swered and said, He that dippeth his hand with ine in the dish,
the same shall betray me. ®|}e 6on of man QOCtl) as it is
torittcn of l)im : but wo unto that man by whom the Son of
man is betrayed ! it had been good for that man if he had not
been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said,
Master, is it I ? He said unto him. Thou hast said.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and
brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said. Take, eat ; tl)is is
mg bobjl. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to
them, saying. Drink ye all of it; for tl)is is mil bloob of tl)e netX)

testament, toljici) is sl)eb for mann for tlje remission of
sins.

Then the soldiers of the o;overnor took Jesus into the common
hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they
stripped him, and put on liim a scarlet robe. And when they had
platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in
his right hand : and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked
him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him,
and took the reed, and smote liim on the head. And after that
they had mocked him, they took the robe otl" from him, and put
his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And
as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name :
him they compelled to bear his cross.

And when they were come unto a place called Oolgotha, that
is to say, A place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink, min-
gled with gall : and Avhen he had tasted thereof, he would not
drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting



CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE,



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lots : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet ;
They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did

they cast lots Now from the sixth hour there

was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about
the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama
sabachthani ? that is to say. My God, my God, why hast thou for-
saken me ? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that,
said, This man calleth for Elias.

After this, Jesus knoroiug tl)at all things voctc noro accom-

pliel^cb, that the scripture migiit be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now
there was set a vessel full of vinegar : and they filled a sponge
with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
When Jesus therefore liad received the vinegar, he said, ]fl is fin-
isljcb : and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

. . ^nli bcl)olb, tl)c uiiil of tl)c temple was rent in troain

from tl}e tO|] to tl)e bottom : and the earth did quake, and the
rocks rent.

A man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Can-
dace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treas-
ure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and
sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

Then the Spirit said unto l*hilip. Go near, and join thyself to
this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read
the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
And he said. How can I, except some man should guide me ? And
he desired Philip that he would come up, and sit with him. The
place of the Scripture which he read was this, i^c Uias leb as a

slieep to tl)e slaugljter; anh like a iamb bumb before \)\b
sijearer, so opene'b ije not Ijis montl) : in his humiliation his
judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation?
for liis life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered
Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this ?
of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth,
and began at the same scripture, aiib preacl)eb untO l)im

Sesns.

Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which
the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of
God, tDl)icl) [)c IjatI) pnrcl)aseb toitl) l)is own bloob.

When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died
for the ungodly. For scarcely for a rigliteous man will one die :
yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
]^ut God coniinendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified
by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if

when we were enemies, tDC tDcrc reconciled to ©ob bn tl]e

beatl) of l]is Son ; much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved
by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our



Acts,
viii. 27-35.



Acts, XX. S!8.



Romans,
V. 6-11.



460



CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE,



Romans,
viii. 33, 34.



1 Cor. V. 6-S.



1 Corinth,
xi. 23-26.



2 Corinth,
iii. 5-14.



2 Cwinlh.
V. 18, 19,



Gal. i. 3, 4.



Lord Jesus Christ, bji iul)om ttjc Ijaue uou) vccciycb tl)c atone-
ment.

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect ? It is
God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth ? It is Christ that
died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand

of God, u)l)o ttlso maketl) intercession for ns.

Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lumj), as

ye are unleavened. £ox euen Qlljvist onr piissoncr is sacri-

ficeb for us : therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto
you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he Avas betrayed,
took bread : and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: t[)is is mi) bobn, tDl)icl) is broken for non: this do

in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he trtok the

cup, when he had supped, saying, (Jljis rup is l\)c netD testament

in mn bloob : this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of
me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew
the Lord's death till he come.

Our sufficiency is of God ; who also hath made us able min-
istei"s of the n-ew testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for
the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration
of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the
children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for
the glory of his countenance; U)|]icl) glorn toas tO be bone
atoaj] : how shall not the ministration of the sj)irit be rather glori-
ous ? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more
doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even
that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by
reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away
was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness
of speech : and not as Moses, which ]nit a vail over his face, that
the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that
which is abohshed : but their minds were blinded : for until this
day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the

old testament; BDl)icl) tiail is bone awaii in QIl)rist.

All things are of God, t»l)o \)al\) reconciled ns to Ijimself

bn Jesus Cljrist, and hath given to us the iniuistiy <if reconcilia-
tion ; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling tl)C UJOrlb UUtO
Ijimself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath com-
niiltt'd unto us the word of reconciliation.

Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father, and from our



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Lord Jesus Christ, toljo QttVC l)imsclf for OUr sins, that he might
deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God
and our Father.



The life which I now live in tlie flesh I live by the faith of
the Son of God, who loved me, aixb Qavc Ijimself for XtlC,

When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son, made of a woman, made under the law, Jo rcbccitl tljClIt
tl)nt tDCrC unbcr tl)C laio, that we might receive the adoption of
sons.

Remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh,
who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circum-
cision in the flesh made by hands ; that at that time ye were
without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and with-
out God in the world : but now, in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes
were far off" are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our
peace, who hath made both one, and hatli broken down the middle
wall of partition between us: |)at)ing abolisl)cii ill l)is flcsl) tl)C

jcnmitn, even tl)c [am of commanbmcnts rontaineb in orbi-

nuncCS ; f'>i' to make in himself of twain one new man, so making

peace ; anb tlirtt l)c migl)t reconcile boti) unto tSob in one bobji

bn tlie cross, having slain the enmity thereby : and came and
preached peace to you which were afar off", and to them that were
nigh.

Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children ; and walk
in love, as Christ also hath loved us, nub l)atl) gioen Ijimsclf for

ns an otfering anb a sacrifice to ©ob for a sraeet-smcUing
sauonr.

In whom we have rebemption tljrougl) l)is bfoob, eycn tljc



forgincncss of sins



m



It pleased the Father that

iHu should all fulness dwell; an^, Ijatung mabe peace
tl)rougl) tl)e bloob of l)is cross, bn l)im to reconcile all
tljings nnto Ijimself : b) ' " "



Jiim,



I sav, whether thev 1



>e thino's



in eartli, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime
alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, net notD

l)atl) l)c rcconcileb in tl)c bobn of Ijis flesi) tljrouglj bcatl),

to present you holy and uublameable and unreproveable in his
sight.

There is one God, anb one mebiator bcttoeen (J?ob anb
men, tl)e man (El)rist Jesus; u)l)o gauc l]imself a ransom

for all, to be testitied in due time.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken
unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by
whom also he made the worlds ; who being the brightness of his



Gal. ii. 20.



Gal. iv. 4, 5.



Ephesians,
ii. 11-17.



Eph. V. 1, 2.



Colossians,
i. 14, 19-22.



1 Timothy,
ii. 5.



Heb. i. 1-3.



462



CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE,



Hebrews,
ii. 14-18,
iii. 1, 2.



Hebrews,

iv. 14-I(j.

V. 1-10.



Hebrews,
vi. 13-20.



glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things
by the word of his power, vo\)cn l)c l)ab bn Ijimsclf |]urgeb our

sills, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on higli.

Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil ; and deliver them who through fear of death were all
their life-time subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him
the nature of angels ; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it belioved him to be made like unto his

brethren; tlitU \)c tttiglit bc a mcvcifnl anbfaitl)ful ^igl] Priest
in tljings pertaininig to ©ob, to make reconciliation for tlje

sins of tl)e people. For in that he himself hath sutiered being
tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Wherefore, holy brethren, pai'takers of the heavenly calling,

consider tl)c Qlpostle anb t)igl) priest of our profession, (!II)rist

jJesitS : wlio was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses
was faithful in all his house.

Seeing that we have a great i^iS') priest, that is passed
into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities : but was in all points tempted like as we are,
without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for
men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and
sacrifices for sins : who can have compassion on the ignorant, and
on them that are out of the way ; for that he himself also is com-
passed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the
people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh
this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was
Aaron :

So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest ;
but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten
thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest forever
when after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh,
he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and
tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard
in that he feared ; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience
by the things which he suffered ; and being made perfect, he became
the author of eternal salvation unto all tliem that obey him ; callcb

of (!3ob an <3igh Priest ofter tl)e orber of lHelcl)iseiiec.

When God made promise to Abraham, l)ecausc he could swear
by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely blessing I will
bless thee, and multiplying I will multijily thee. And so, after he
had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

For men verily swear by the greater : and an oath for confir-



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mation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more
abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of
his counsel, confirmed it by an oath : that by two immutable things,
in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set
before us : which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure

and steadfast, aitb tDl)icl) cutcrctl) iuto tl)at tDitl)in i\)c uail;
u)l)itlicr tlic forerunner is for ns entercb, cncn ilesns, mabc
nn l)igl) priest forcuer after tl)c orber of lUelcljiscbcc.



was, unto whom even the



For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high
God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings,
and blessed him ; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all ;
first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that
also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; toitljOUt fatl)Cr,
toitliont motljer, roitliont bcscenl, iimnng neither beginning of
bans, nor enb of life ; but mabe like imto tl)c Son of &oh ;
abfbeti) a priest continnalln.

Now consider how great this man
patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that
are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have
a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law,
that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of
Abraham : but he whose descent is not counted from them received
tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And
without all contradiction the less is? blessed of the better. And
here men that die receive tithes ; but there he receiveth them, of
whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi
also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was
yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

If therefore perfection were by the Levntical priesthood, (for
under it the people received the law,) what further need was there
that another priest should rise after tlie orbcr of i^lelcljisebec,

and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood
being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of tlie law.
For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe,
of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident
that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake
nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident :
for ttjat after tl)e similitnbe of lU elcliisebec there ariseth an-
other priest, \m\)o is mabe, not after the lau) of a carnal com-
manbment, but after the pomer of an enbless life. For he
testifieth. Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.

For there is verily a disanulling of the commandment going
before, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof For the law
made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did ; by
the which we draw ni<xh unto God. And inasmuch as not without
an oath he w;is made priest : (for those priests were made without



Heb. vii.



Heb. viii.



an oath ; but tljis toiti) an oati), bn Ijim tijat saib unto l)im,
Sri)e Corb sroarc, anb toiU not repent, QL[)on art a priest for-

CWCr after tl)C orbcr of illclcljiscbec :) by so much was Jesus
made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many
priests, because they were not suttered to continue by reason of

death: biit tl)is man, because \)c continuetli eoer, l)atl) an

undjangealjlc priestl)O0i>. Wiierefore he is able also to save
them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, sceiUQ l)C cycr

Utjetl) to make intercession for tliem.

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, un-
defiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens ;
■who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice,
first for his own sins, and then for the people's : for tl)is l)C bib
once, U)l)en Ije offered up l)imself. For the law maketh men
high priests which have infirmity ; but tl)C tDOrb of tl)C oati),

totiicl) was since tijc lato, makcti) tl)c Son, toljo is consecrated
forcyermorc.

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum ;
We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the
throne of the Majesty in the heavens ; a minister of the sanctuary,
and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices :
wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to
ofter. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing
that there are priests that ofter gifts according to the law ; who
serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses
was admonished of God wlien he was about to make the tabernacle :
for, See (saith he) that thou make all things according to the pat-
tern shewed to thee in the mount.

Sutnou) \)at\) \)c obtaineb a more excellent ministrn, bn
l)Ott) mud) also l)e is tl)e mediator of a better cooenant, loljici)
mas establisl)eb upon better promises. For if that first cove-
nant had been faultless, then should no jilace have been sought for
the second. For finding fault with them, he saith. Behold, the days
come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and with the house of Judah : not according to the
covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day when I took
them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt ; because
they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith
the Lord. For this is the covenant that T will make with the house
of Israel after those days, saith the Lord ; I will put my laws into
their mind, and write them in their hearts : and I will be to them a
God, and they shall be to me a people : and they shall not teach
every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know
the Lord : for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
PV)r I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and
tlieir iinquities will I remember no more.



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In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.
Now that which decayeth and waxeth old, is ready to vanish away.

Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine
service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made ;
the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the taMe, and the shew-
bread ; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second vail,
the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all ; which had the
golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with
gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod
that budded, and the tables of the covenant ; and over it the
cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy-seat ; of which we can-



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