HEBREWS VI. 1-3.

Brother David Richey, of Milford, Louisiana, desires to have our views on the above named text. We have given such views as we have on the subject in volume xv., No. 15, volume xxi., No. 3, volume xxiii., No. 6, volume xxv., No. 20, volume xxxi., No. 10, and volume xxxv., No. 18. But as those papers may not be accessible to brother Richey, we will briefly say that the principles of the doctrine which the saints are instructed to leave, we understand are the types on which the apostle had been dwelling in the preceding chapters; for the law had a shadow of good things to come and pointed to the doctrine of Christ, as the priesthood of Aaron and his sons, and the offerings made by them, all pointed to the one offering of Christ, by the which he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified, so that his one offering is never to be repeated; for since it was made, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin. Therefore we can no longer lay a foundation for repentance, &c., by any of the offerings which were made for that purpose under the law or Levitical priesthood. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope.” “If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?” – See chapter vii. 11. Now the saints are no more under the law of a carnal (fleshly) commandment; but in their High Priest, who is after the order of Melchisedec, they are made partakers of the power of his endless life.

Under the former law and priesthood, which could make nothing perfect, the offending Israelite could bring his offering to Aaron from year to year, and by it lay a foundation for legal repentance; but under the gospel dispensation and priesthood of Christ, if his one offering could fail, it would be impossible to renew us again to repentance, as to do that would require that Christ should again offer himself in sacrifice, and be crucified anew, and thus be put to an open shame; and that is not possible. The imperfection and inefficiency of the law and Jewish priesthood to purge us from dead works, requires that we should leave all the ritual of Judaism, and pass on to perfection, which is found in nothing short of the gospel, and in the priesthood of him who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, to purge your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Middletown, N. Y.

Signs of the Times
Volume 49, No. 2.
January 15, 1881