Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are already priests to offer gifts according to the Law.
Cross ReferencesHebrews 5:1
Every high priest is appointed from among men to represent them in matters relating to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people; He sacrificed for sin once for all when He offered up Himself.
And since every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, it was necessary for this One also to have something to offer.
It is an illustration for the present time, because the gifts and sacrifices being offered were unable to cleanse the conscience of the worshiper.
Day after day every priest stands to minister and to offer again and again the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Chapter Outline1. By the eternal priesthood of Christ the Levitical priesthood of Aaron is overshadowed;
7. and replaced by the new covenant of the Gospel.
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Numbers 17:12, 13
2 Chronicles 26:18, 19
there are priests.
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