The Language of Fulfillment – Old Testament Priests and New Testament Apostles
The Language of Fulfillment – Apostles Ordained Priests and a Kingdom of Priests
The Language of Fulfillment – Apostles and Priestly Ministry
ordained priest is acting as Jesus Christ in Person (i.e. in persona Christi Capitis). Prior to Jesus’ ascension into heaven, he gathered his apostles together and said to them: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this he breathed upon then and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 2:21-23) In Genesis, God formed Adam from clay and breathed life into Adam’s nostrils and Adam became a living soul. Jesus breathed into his apostles, his priestly power and ministry to bring about new life through the forgiveness of men’s sins. The apostles administer this grace and power of forgiveness through their priestly ministry (Rom. 15:16) of preaching, baptism, anointing, and governing the spiritual sacrifices of the Church, the summit being the sacrifice of thanksgiving (Eucharist). Jesus was commissioned by God the Father and the apostles were commissioned by Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit and they in turned commissioned other men to share in their ministry until the end of time.