Qualifications for High Priesthood
1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
2He can 5:2 deal gently withhave compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.
3Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins.
4And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
A Priest Forever
5So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”
6As He also says in another place:
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;
7who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
8though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
9And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
10called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”
11of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Spiritual Immaturity
12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the 5:12 sayings, Scripturesoracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
14But solid food belongs to those who are 5:14 matureof full age, that is, those who by reason of 5:14 practiceuse have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.