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The New Testament Priesthood
by Wayne Blank
"But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool." (Hebrews 10:12-13 KJV)
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years"
Since the time that He left, having successfully offered Himself as the ultimate atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ is fulfilling the office of High Priest that was merely symbolized by Aaron and the Levitical priesthood in The Tabernacle In The Wilderness and later in the Temple (see Temples) in Jerusalem (in a most bizarre fashion, the Roman Catholic priesthood, and the papacy, merely mimics the Old Testament Levitical priesthood, standing between God and humanity - which Christ alone has fulfilled).
"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
Although some of the Levitical priests at the time of Christ's sacrifice opposed Him and (extremely ironically) took part in His killing (considering that the killing of the Passover lamb of God was part of their responsibility as priests), others did recognize the long awaited Messiah. Some of those Levitical priests became Christians:
"And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith." (Acts 6:7 KJV)
But what of the future? What does the Holy Bible say about "priests," those who will teach and rule, under Christ, after the Kingdom of God is established on earth?
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6 KJV)
Fact Finder: The verse quoted above about a "first" resurrection implies that there will be more than one resurrection. How and when will the resurrections happen?