FRANK G. ALLEN.
shiped. Hence the worshiper must become a priest,
and then worship through Christ as high priest. All
pretensions to approach God in wvorship, without
recognizing Christ as our high priest and mediator, is
only an exhibition of an infidel farce. It is an insult to
God, because a rejection of His Son. Hence those
who do not accept Christ as their high priest cut them-
selves off from access to the Father. Christ Himself
says, "No man cometh unto the Father but by me."
Paul makes it a matter of rejoicing that wve have a
great high priest who can be touched with the feeling
of our infirmities; one that has been tempted in all
points like as we are, yet without sin. Such a high
priest knows how to sympathize with us, and to make
for us all just excuses.
The earthly high priest wvent once a year, on the
great day of atonement, into the most holy place, with
the blood of others, to make atonement for the sins of
Israel; but Christ, as the high priest of the good
things to come, has entered the holy place on high, with
His own blood, to make atonement for the sins of the
whole world. The offerings made by the priests under
the law pertained only to the cleansing of the flesh;
but the blood offered by our high priest "cleanses the
conscience from dead works to serve the living God."