Ministers must be called of God as was Aaron—Christ was a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek—Jesus Christ is the author of eternal salvation.
1 For every high priest taken from among men is
aordained for men in things pertaining to God, that
he may offer both gifts and bsacrifices for sins:
2 Who can have acompassion on the ignorant, and on them that are bout of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for asins.
TG Priesthood Ordination;
b TG Sacrifice
2a TG Compassion;
b GR straying, wandering
3a Lev. 4:3
4 And no man taketh this ahonour
unto himself, but he that is bcalled of God, as was
|4a called of God, as was Aaron Men do not appoint themselves to the priesthood of God. One does not attend a seminary of higher education in order to qualify for the priesthood. If is only to be obtained from one who is in authority as did Aaron receive his priesthood anointing under the had of the authoritative prophet of God, Moses. Without such an authorized ordination, men have no power or authortiy to act in the name of God.||
b TG Called of God
TG Priesthood Authority
TG Priesthood, Qualifying for
b Ex. 28:1; TG Priesthood Aaronic
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an
high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my aSon,
to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, aThou art a apriest bfor ever after the order of cMelchisedeca.
Unto My Lord
|6a a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec God's power and priesthood is eternal in nature. When man has been so ordained to the priesthood, that ordination is what connects man to God and eternity. As long as that man stands worthy before the Lord, he is assured that his priesthood will stand for ever leading him into the presence and glory of God.||
6a Ps. 110:4 (1-4);
Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42;
6a TG Priesthood, Melchizedek
b D&C 124:130
c TG Priesthood, History of
7 aWho in the days of his flesh,
when he had offered up bprayers and supplications
with cstrong crying and tears unto him that was able to
save him from deatha, and was heard
din that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet alearned he bobedience by the things which he csuffereda;
7a supplications with strong crying and
tears unto him that was able to save him from death This is the
pleading of repentance by Melchizedek unto the Lord when he found himself in
the depths of sin, seeking forgiveness that he might be saved from the second
death which is being cut off from the presence of God. And though there is a
'type' in this relative to the Saviors plea in the Garden of Eden, it is not
precisely that which the Messiah was praying for in the instance of the
performance of the atonement in that garden.
8a learned he obedience by the things which he suffered The trials, afflictions and sufferings we endure during this life are for our learning and experience. Often it is a school of hard knock as it is common for us to not learn but by sad experience. This is the intent of the learning by suffering. We error and do suffer the consequences. From the experience of the consequences we learn not to so error. Though the Savior takes our sins upon himself suffering for them and every affliction which befalls mankind, and thus promises us that we will be healed as we come unto him, the road to repentance and forgiveness involoves not only sorrow for sin but the suffer and consequence for that sin to the extent and to the length of suffering until when our repentance has been so sanctioned by the spirit of the Lord, who then comforts us with that dew of forgiveness with the promise of healing, if not immediate and fully of all afflictions here, at least the assurance that all will be well in the kingdom to come.
JST Heb. 5:7.
Note: the JST MS. states that vv.
7 and 8 "are a parenthesis alluding
to Melchizedek and not to Christ."
But as Melchizedek is a
similitude of the Christ, that
which Melchizedek procedes to
do is also seen in similitude of
b Matt. 26:39 (39, 42, 44)
c GR mighty, powerful supplication
d GR because of his piety, reverence
8a TG Jesus Christ, Exemplar;
b TG Agency; TG Obedience
c TG Jesus Christ, Temptation of;
TG Pain; TG Suffering
9 And being made aperfect, he became
the author of eternal csalvation unto all them that obey
10 aCalled of God an bhigh priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and ahard to be buttered, seeing ye are dull of chearing.
God, Perfection of;
b TG Jesus Christ, Authority of
c TG Gospel;
TG Jesus Christ, Atonement
TG Jesus Christ, Mission of;
TG Salvation, Plan of
10a TG Jesus Christ, Authority of
b TG High Priests;
TG Jesus Christ, Types of, in
11a GR difficult to be explained
b John 16:12 (12-13)
c Ezek. 33:31 (30-33);
Matt. 11:15-24; 2 Ne. 9:31;
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye
have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of
the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of
amilk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth amilk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Cor. 3:2;
D&C 19:22 (21-22);
13a 1 Pet. 2:2 (1-3)