7770 priests, tasks in NT times
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The priests mentioned in the NT performed various functions, all of which are fulfilled in Jesus Christ and the church, which is his body.

Priests offered sacrifices

Sacrifices made by pagan priests

Acts 14:13

Jewish sacrifice

Hebrews 10:11

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ

Hebrews 9:14 Jesus Christ is both priest and victim: his own body takes the place occupied by sacrifices in the OT ritual. See also Hebrews 10:10

The Christian sacrifice of a surrendered life

Romans 12:1 See also Hebrews 13:16

The Christian sacrifice of praise

Hebrews 13:15

Priests made intercession

The burning of incense

Luke 1:9 See also Exodus 30:7-8

Christian intercession

Revelation 5:8 See also 1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:6

Priests were guardians of tradition

They were trained in the teaching and application of OT law

Matthew 2:3-6; John 1:19

The Christian “tradition”

1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 2 Timothy 1:13-14; Timothy 2:2; Jude 3

Priests declared people clean or unclean

They supplied ritual certification of cleansing

Matthew 8:4 pp Mark 1:44 pp Luke 5:14 See also Leviticus 13:2-3; Leviticus 14:2; Luke 17:14

Christians pronounce forgiveness

John 20:21-23; James 5:16

See also

5588  traditions
7020  church, the
7719  elders as leaders
7939  ministry
8611  prayer for others

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