Qualifications for High Priesthood
1For every high priest taken from among men #Heb. 2:17; 8:3is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to #Heb. 7:28weakness. 3Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for #Lev. 9:7; 16:6; (Heb. 7:27; 9:7)himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as #Ex. 28:1; Num. 16:40; 1 Chr. 23:13Aaron was.
A Priest Forever
5#John 8:54So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
#Ps. 2:7“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”
6As He also says in another place:
#Ps. 110:4; Heb. 7:17“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;
7who, in the days of His flesh, when He had #Matt. 26:39, 42, 44; Mark 14:36, 39; Luke 22:41, 44offered up prayers and supplications, #Ps. 22:1with vehement cries and tears to Him #Matt. 26:53who was able to save Him from death, and was heard #Matt. 26:39because of His godly fear, 8though He was a Son, yet He learned #Phil. 2:8obedience by the things which He suffered. 9And #Heb. 2:10having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10called by God as High Priest #Ps. 110:4“according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11of whom #(John 16:12); Heb. 7:1–22we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become #(Matt. 13:15)dull of hearing.
12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need #1 Cor. 3:1–3; 1 Pet. 2:2milk and not solid food. 13For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is #Eph. 4:14a babe. 14But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised #Is. 7:15; Phil. 1:9to discern both good and evil.
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