Article: Losing the Faith (12/22)

Christian Priesthood

Early Christianity was distinguished from both Judaism and the pagan religious system by the fact that it had no priesthood. Jesus Christ was the only high priest; all believers constituted a “royal priesthood.” There were no orders of priests acting as mediators between the believer and his God. Justin Martyr says: “So we, who through the name of Jesus have believed as one man in God, the Maker of the universe, having divested ourselves of our filthy garments, i.e., our sins, through the name of His first-born son, and having been refined by the word of his calling are the true high-priestly race of God” (Dialogue, cxvi). Irenaeus says, “all the disciples of the Lord are Levites and priests;” Origen writes that “(the Lord’s) disciples are true priests.”

In Greek and Latin the words for “priest” are hiereus and sacerdos, whereas ecclesial elders were designated by the Greek word presbyteroi (presbyters or elders). It was not until late in the third century that priestly terms were used for Christian clergy. Origen is the first of the “fathers” to imply them to any degree. In the decree of the council at Antioch the clergy are called a hieration or body of priests.

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  1. ALexis
    September 2, 2007 at 5:16 am

    OK this has got 2 be God’s will… I keep seeing this time 12:22 and at the time Im either think about or talking to a friend thats going through some hard times… so I decided 2 look up 1222 12:22 and i found this here. Im a firm believer yet im not so sure about my friend being as firm and trusly relying on God to Help and bring the situation to be understood. The article Title is Losing the Faith… Im affraid my friend is losing the faith.. the more I think about it the more I see Gods work at large.. Keep me and My friend In your prayers..

  2. Fortigurn
    September 2, 2007 at 7:13 am

    I will certainly keep you in my and your friend in my prayers. If your friend’s faith issue is about a personal faith in God, then they may find this series of articles useful. If their faith issue is about the believability of the Bible, they may find this site useful.

  3. June 19, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Correspond.

  4. Fortigurn
    June 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    The point of the blog, or the point of this article? Some day I need to get back to this blog, when I have the time.

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