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Italy riod, 4775. ValgarÆra, From the Covenant made with Abraham the Apostle shews
the Necessity of Faith and Patience, and that not his
- He affirms, that Abraham had long waited in Faith
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, con. firmed it by an oath ;
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus,
§ 14. HEB. vii. 1-10.
Priesthood of Christ to Aaron, and endeavours to lead
THE ETERNAL PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST-CHAP. XV.
Julian Pe- Father or Mother; his Descent and Pedigree not being Italy. riod, 4775.
recorded, nor the End or the Beginning of his Life or
Priesthood mentioned—which, therefore, like that of the
1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all : first being, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is King of peace ;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but, made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham.
6 But he, whose descent is not counted from them, received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he re-
may so say, Levi also, who received tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
Julian Pe- 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Italy. riod, 4775. Melchisedec met him. Vulgar Æra, 62,
15. HEB. vii. 11–17. The Apostle shews the Inferiority of the Levitical Law and
Priesthood, by the Substitution of another different System and Order of Priesthood—The Levitical Priesthood not being able to accomplish the Perfection or Object for which it was ordained, the Pardon of Sin by a sufficient Atonement, another Priest was promised, after the typical and original Priesthood of Melchisedec, (400 Years before the Law,) and not after the Priesthood of Aaron-which being changed, requires also a change of the Law on which it was established—For Christ, of whom these Things are spoken, (Psa. cx. 4.) belongs to the Tribe of Judah, which had no right to minister at a Jewish Altar-And it is yet further evident that both the Law and the Priesthood should be changed, for it is predicted that another Priest shall arise, after the Similitude of Melchisedec, who is constituted not according to the Law, which is suited to the carnal Nature of Man, producing Death, but according to the Power of a more perfect System, which promises an endless Priesthood and Life, as God himself has testified.
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law, what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken, pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest.
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after
$16. HEB. vii. 18-24.
lative to the Priethood, on account of its Weakness and
OF LEVI, AND OF CHRIST, COMPARED-CHAP. XV.
Julian Po- therefore the Priesthood; but the Introduction of a better Itals.
the Law, and enables all (and not the High Priest only,)
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the command-
19 For the law made nothing perfect; but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And in as much as not without an oath he was made priest,
21 (For those priests were made without an oath ; but this with an oath, by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec;)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
28 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death :
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an
§ 17. HEB. vii. 25, to the end.
the Priesthood of Christ is unchangeable, as Christ ever
offered no Sacrifice
fers that those who apostatized from Christianity to Italy. riod, 4775. Judaism left the Perfect for the Imperfectand that Vulgar Æra, 62.
which remained for ever, for that which was now abro-
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the utter-
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's : for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity ; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
HEB. viii. 1-5.
coursed on, the chief or principal was, that Christians
I Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens ;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices : wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law;
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle : for, See (saith he) that thou make all things according to the pattern shewn to thee in the mount.