The Priestly Fatherhood – By Father Gabriel Alkass
The definition of the priest is the one who offers sacrifices to God and teaches His word. As it says in the Bible, “For the lips of the priest shall preserve knowledge because he is the messenger from the Lord almighty, and the people seek instruction from him.” – Malachi 2:7
So teaching the word of God, my beloved, is not a choice of the priest. It is something he must do. Go to theological school to learn, and on the day of ordination, the Holy Spirit gives him talents.
The priest shall take the talents and multiply them. Reading the Bible and sanctification books over and over and going after his children. So, he may feed his children’s thoughts with a true doctrine of Jesus, which illuminates the minds, increases faith, and makes them proud of what they believe and in whom they believe.
And it gives them unshakeable faith against any strange teachings that Jesus hates.
Let’s go to Revelations, where he talks to one of the seven high priests. “So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate,” Revelations 2:15.
He is one lord and has one teaching. And through that teaching, we can make it to heaven.
The priests are the stewards of the mysteries, the church’s sacraments. In the New Testament church, we learn about Jesus in Hebrews 4:14 – “We have a great high priest who has passed us through the heavens, Jesus, son of God.”
There is a verse that says we are all priests and kings, but we can’t take it literally.
Since the altar and priesthood are attached, Paul blamed the Corinthians “If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?” – what does that mean? It means if the priest can make you a child of God, a Temple of God, and teach you the body and the blood of Jesus every week so you can inherit magnificently and glorified eternal life in heaven, is it too much for him to make a living out of the church?
This concerns the priesthood. What about the sacraments?
Priestly fatherhood applies to the baptism – If your parents can give you physical birth, your spiritual father can give you a spiritual birth out of the baptismal font and make you a child of God.
And also about your friends in life on earth. The spiritual father can give you spiritual fellowship of the Holy Spirit through repentance and sacraments.
Learn more from Father Gabriel’s sermon video here.
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