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the Aaronic order, for he was of a different tribe-a
tribe of which Moses spoke nothing concerning the
priesthood. Hence all the efforts to make Him a priest
of that kind are refuted by that simple fact. Many
insist that Christ was inducted into His priestly office
at His baptism, and many vain speculations are based
thereon. But this can not be. Christ was not a priest
while He was on the earth, says Paul in these words:
" Now, if he were on earth he would not be a
priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts
according to the law" (Heb. viii. 4). He could not be
a priest on earth, because the Aaronic priesthood was
then in force, and He was not of the Aaronic family.
Since He could not be a priest while on earth, it is folly
to talk of His becoming a priest at His baptism.
He could not become a priest till the law of the priest.
hood was changed, and that was not changed till after
His death. The Aaronic priesthood was in full force
till His death. He was made high priest, not by the
legal ritual, but by the oath of God; and this oath was
"after the law," not while it was in force. The law
continued till His death, hence it was after His death
that He was made high priest by the oath of God. He
was a sacrifice when He died, not a priest. He could not
be priest and sacrifice at the same time. After His
ascension He, as high priest, made atonement with His
own blood which He shed as a sacrifice for the sins of
the world. Hence a number of facts show the utter
folly of claiming that He was a priest among men.
It is through Christ as high priest that we worship
God. We can worship acceptably in no other way.
There are no other means of access to the Father.
Only through and by the priesthood can God be wor-