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If therefore perfection were by the Levitical
priesthood, (for under it the people received the
law,) what further need was there that another
priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec,
and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the
priesthood being changed, there is made of
necessity a change also of the law. For he of
whom these things are spoken pertaineth to
another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at
the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out
of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing
concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more
evident: for that after the similitude of
Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is
made, not after the law of a carnal commandment,
but after the power of an endless life. For he
testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order
of Melchisedec. For there is verily a disannulling
of the commandment going before for the
weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the
law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto
God. And inasmuch as not without an oath he was
made priest: (For those priests were made
without an oath; but this with an oath by him that
said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent,
Thou art a priest for ever after the order of
Melchisedec:) By so much was Jesus made a
surety of a better testament. And they truly were
many priests, because they were not suffered to
continue by reason of death: But this man,
because he continueth ever, hath an
unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able
also to save them to the uttermost that come unto
God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them. For such an high priest
became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled,
separate from sinners, and made higher than the
heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high
priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins,
and then for the people's: for this he did once,
when he offered up himself. For the law maketh
men high priests which have infirmity; but the
word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh
the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. (KJV)
Levitical Priesthood vs.
The Order of Melchizedek

The Levitical or Aaronic Priesthood was
part and parcel of the Law. The
priesthood after the order of
Melchizedek is part and parcel of the
New Covenant, the New Testament, the
doctrine of Christ. The Levitical
priesthood could not obtain the true
remission of sins. They had to
continually offer sacrifices again and
again. They could not provide the
perfection that the people desired,
deserved and demanded.

A Change of Law

If the process of determining a priest
changed, if the qualifications of a priest
changed, if the ordination process
changed, it means that the law changed
– it changed from the Law of Moses (Old
Testament) to the doctrine of Christ
(New Testament). If the Law changed, it
means we are no longer under the Law
of Moses (Old Testament), we are now
under the doctrine of Christ (New

Colossians 2:13-18

Ephesians 2:14-18
•        The Law of Silence

The Hebrew writer uses the law of silence to establish his point. If the Law made no mention
of someone being appointed a priest out of the tribe of Judah, then it was contrary to and
against the law for such a person to be appointed as a priest. This principle is established as
a divine truth. Thus, it needs to be applied to the doctrine of Christ, and to the things
authorized by the New Testament. If it is not stated – it is wrong – it is not permitted.

As Dirk Phillips penned in the 1500's: “It is evident that whatever God has not commanded
and has not instituted by express commands of Scripture, He does not want to be served
therewith; nor will He have His Word set aside nor made to suit the pleasure of men.”

Acts 15:23-26

Leviticus 10:1-2

•        The Law vs. The Oath

This is another way of saying the Old Testament versus the New Testament. Which
surpasses the other, the oath of God or the Law? The Oath. The Promise to Abraham and the
Oath to establish a new priesthood both show that God established a new law in a new
covenant (testament).

Psalm 110:4

An Unchangeable Priesthood

The priesthood of the Law called for the people to be replaced regularly, because of death.
Being mortal, the priests died. As they died, they needed to be replaced by somone who was
living. Jesus, our high-priest does not need to be replaced. He is immortal. He lives and
reigns forever at the right hand of God.

Romans 8:33-39
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Hebrews 9:23-28
1 John 1:1-2

A High Priest Who Is …

Compare the priests under the law with our priest – there is no comparison.

•        Holy

Of divine character.

John 1:1-3
John 17:5
Philippians 2:5-11
Colossians 1:13-17

•        Harmless

Innocent, without sin.

Isaiah 42:1-3
Matthew 12:16-21
Isaiah 53

•        Undefiled

Pure. Used to describe marriage, religion, and our inheritance.

Hebrews 13:4
James 1:27
1 Peter 1:4

•        Separate from Sinners

Different from sinners.

Hebrews 4:15
1 Peter 2:21-24
1 John 3:5

•        Higher than the Heavens

Placed in a position of acceptance and adulation from heaven itself.

Revelation 5:12-13
Philippians 2:9-11
1 Timothy 6:14-16