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10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Christ Jesus our Lord; "who is now the High Priest of our confession, made a High Priest after the order of Melchizedec for the Age"-eis ton aiona; -but even now, "a High Priest over the house of God," "whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end"-Hebrews 3: 1, 6; 5: 6; 10: 21. Thus, what he is now doing in the presence of God for "the Heirs of the Kingdom"-making reconciliation for his household-is but the earnest of what he will do for the subjects of his dominion, when, with his reconciled ones, he shall occupy "the thrones of the house of David."

Now, "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"-Hebrews 5: 1. It is clear from the testimony quoted, that sin, sinners, death, and national sacrificial worship, will obtain in the world till "the end" of the thousand years beginning with the appearing of Christ in his glory. "Gifts and sacrifices," therefore, will all that time be necessary because of sin; and being necessary, there, must be a high priest to offer them for men to God, in the place appointed.

Now, the nature of the kingdom being Melchizedec, or royal and priestly, its covenant, or constitution, provides that its king shall unite the two offices in his own person. This applies also to all the joint-inheritors with him in the same kingdom. Hence, they are all styled, "kings and priests to God." The kingdom is, therefore, mediatorial. It stands, when established, sacerdotally between Yahweh and all who are not office-bearers and dignitaries of the kingdom. -

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