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PRIESTHOOD

 

In the New Covenant there is not a priesthood in a manner of

priesthood that exists in present Christian denominations.  The Old

Testament congregation included the office of a priest.  In the New

Covenant God has not designated a distinct office of a priest in

between Him and the believers.  There is only one High Priest, the

man Messiah Yeshua (1 Tim 2:5) and His body, the congregation

as priests.

 

The Hebrew word for priestly office is כמרות

(400 ת + 6 ו + 200 ר + 40 מ + 20 כ) = 666, its numerical value.

From the word כמר (KAMAR) a Christian priest,

cf. כהן (KOHEN) a priest who is a descendant of Aaron.

 

1 Peter 2:5: “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,

an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to

God by Yeshua the Messiah.” and

Rev. 1:6: “…And hath made us kings and priests unto God and

his Father; …”

 

Designating a clergy in congregations at the post apostolic time is not

a Biblical act.  E.g. Eph. 4:11 in New Testament shows us that there

are certain “ministers” in the congregation: “And he gave some,

apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,

pastors and teachers;”  But these ministries are entirely different

than the present office of priesthood in Christian denominations.

 

Moshe Zew

 

 

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