Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Prepared for Priesthood

For just as that Jesus (Joshua),* called by the prophet a priest, evidently had on filthy garments …, and is called a brand plucked out of the fire, because he had received remission of sins when the devil that resisted him was rebuked; even so we, who through the name of Jesus have believed as one man in God the Maker of all, have been stripped, through the name of His first-begotten Son, of the filthy garments, i.e., of our sins; and being vehemently inflamed by the word of His calling, we are the true high priestly race of God, as even God Himself bears witness, saying that in every place among the Gentiles sacrifices are presented to Him well-pleasing and pure.
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 116

* Zechariah 3:1-10.

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