Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lamb of God So Pure and Spotless, Lamb of God for Sinners Slain

He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.  For the law appoints men sin their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.  (Heb 7:27-28)

He mentioned two things which those granted the priesthood did not have: they made the sacred offerings unceasingly, and sacrificed for themselves, being also in their own persons sinners in being human.  People subject to sin do not enjoy such confidence in making offerings.  He, on the other hand, does neither—the one because he has no part in sin, and the other because the one sacrifice is adequate for salvation.  While they offered other sacrifices, he offered his own body, being priest and victim in his own person, and as God receiving the gift along with the Father and the Spirit.

Theodoret of Cyrus, “The Epistle to the Hebrews”

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