By Holly Green Guest Blogger (Editor’s Note: This article is a bit long, so it has been broken into two, maybe three posts.)
I read an article recently on this blog about Father Corapi and the allegations against him of “improper conduct with an adult female”. He is a priest and in our modern-day Catholic religion, they are to abstain from sexual contact of any kind. I believe this goes against human nature. God made us with these desires and to discount them is only going to cause problems. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this.
In Genesis, God made man and woman. He gave the woman to the man to be a helper. (Gen. 2:19-25) Verse 24 says,
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”
God intended man and woman to be together from the very beginning.
The book of Hebrews talks about priests and compares the Law of Moses to the new law. In the Law of Moses, priests were necessary to offer sacrifices to God for the people. Only the priests could enter the Holy of Holies-the back part of the temple and most holy place.
Hebrews 2:17- “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Jesus became our high priest when he ascended into heaven after his resurrection from the grave. In Hebrews 3:1, it says this of Jesus:
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;” We can confess our sins to Christ and he will intercede for us. In chapter 4:14, Paul says it again: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”
The apostle Paul then begins to compare the priests from the Law of Moses to Jesus and how they are different. We pick up the reading in the next verse.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Heb. 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Heb. 5:1 ¶ For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;
Heb. 5:2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;
Heb. 5:3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.
Heb. 5:4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
Heb. 5:5 ¶ So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
“ YOU ARE MY SON,
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”;”
Back then, they needed a priest because there was a barrier, of sorts, between them and God. They could not approach God directly but 4:16 tells us that we can approach God on our own.
Heb. 7:19 “(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
(Find Part 2 here.)
Ψ – Holly had commented on an earlier article, musing aloud that she wanted to write a piece on the topic of priestly celibacy. I invited her to do so and I would post here, so here it is! Next Installment in a day or two. I am going to let this percolate a bit and hopefully garner some comments. – FB
- Hebrews Chapter 3 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- Jesus is our Great High Priest (hillsbiblechurch.org)
- Jesus The High Priest But Not A Levite???. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Hebrews 7 (asorensen.wordpress.com)
- The True High Priest. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)