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Page 251 of Autobiography / of Frank G. Allen ; and selections from his writings ; edited by Robert Graham.

FRANK G. ALLEN. priesthood. The priests were now all confined to the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron. Men could no longer build their own altars and offer their own sacri- fices. On the contrary, they had all to bring their of- fering to the priests appointed of the family of Aaron, and have them make the offering. With a change of the priesthood came a change of the law. ' For,' says Paul, " the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also in the law." The law thus changed was the law of worship through the priesthood. And as it was through this worship that pardon was obtained, the change of priesthood changed the law of pardon. Hence the law of pardon under each priesthood has been different from that under either of the others. After the establishment of the Aaronic priesthood, a descendant of Jacob could no longer build his altar and offer his sacrifice just as he had done before the change. And now a priest under the Christian dispensation can not offer acceptable wor- ship as did either the Jew or the patriarch. The wor- ship that once brought to one the divine blessing would now bring upon him a curse. How strange it is, then, that the denominational world in large measure go back to a different priesthood for their ideas of re- ligion and salvation. Under the law the kings and the priests were of two distinct tribes. These were of the tribe of Levi; those of the tribe of Judah. Hence it is written: "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law- giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. " Christ was of the tribe of Judah; hence He, like iIelchisedec, is both priest and king. He could not be a priest of 2 51

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