Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Our High Priest's Ministry, the Salvation of Men

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tabernacle that the Lord set up, not man.  (Heb 8:1-2)

He left till last the greatest honor, presenting Him seated at the right hand of the throne of majesty.  Aaron, the forebear of priests, remember, who was the first to receive the role of high priesthood, entered the divine sanctuary with fear and trembling, whereas this person has a seat at the right hand.  He included the word minister, of course, because he is treating of a high priest.  What ministry does He discharge after offering Himself once and for all, and no longer offering a further sacrifice?  How is it possible for Him at one and the same time to be seated and to minister?  Only if you were to say the ministry is the salvation of men, which He procures in lordly fashion.… It belongs to a high priest to offer gifts to the God of all.  It was for this reason that the Only-begotten became man, assumed our nature, and offered it for us.

Theodoret of Cyrus, “The Epistle to the Hebrews”

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