Do we need a priest?

Posted in catholic,christianity,religion,Uncategorized by catholicbut on September 23, 2008
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Hebrews.chapter 10. verses 11-23

Every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices which can never take away sins but when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifce for sins He sat down at the right hand of God to wait until His enemies should be made a stool for His feet. For by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us for after saying “this is the covenant I will make with them, after those days, says the Lord, I will put My laws upon their hearts and write them on their minds” then He adds, “I will remember their sins and misdeeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

What this passage of scripture plainly teaches is that all human priesthood is at an end, whether Jewish or christian. We no longer approach God through any human mediator [a priest is a mediator] excepting that of Jesus Christ. I do not know the exact point in church history that the priesthood was re-introduced into the church, there is no record, but we first find it being spoken about by Ignatious at the turn of the first century A.D. There was no priesthood in the church of the apostles, the primitive church, what need would there be of one? if as the gospel tells us that Jesus died once for all time on behalf of everyone who would come to Him in faith, the gospel message is “come directly to Jesus” for the forgiveness of sins and for the new life He offers. This is not religion, this is not a system of ceremonies and rituals and sacraments and the like, this is a new and living way [since Jesus is raised from the dead and is alive] You who are reading this message can come to God right this moment, where you are and as you are, through Jesus Christ. You can recieve pardon and a new life in your soul right this moment.