In the epistle to the Hebrews attention is called to the priesthood of Melchisedec, who is "by interpretation King of righteousness," and who is said to be "without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life." The writer further declares, that "after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life." Whatever difference of opinion theologians may have had concerning these references to Melchisedec, Christendom has very generally united in believing that they refer to the Christ-mind, as exemplified fully in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Where the formerly accepted theology leaves this question, Christian Science finds it, and carries it on to the understanding and demonstration of the Christ-mind in the life of the individual disciple in every age. If the Mind of Christ manifests that true priesthood which is made "after the power of an endless life," it follows that the disciple who reflects even but faintly this Mind which Paul bade all to have, must be in that small measure holding on high the real priesthood and embodying "the power of an endless life." Since the advent of the perfect priesthood set forth in the life and work of Christ Jesus, Christian followers have been largely concerned with the question of who shall be their priest, and accordingly persons have been ordained to priesthood, when the vital question concerning what qualities of thought make for priesthood, and how greatly these can sanctify every human heart, should absorb Christian attention. Not a group of priests and a group of laymen in a community, but the ever-multiplying group of Christlike thoughts which can dwell in the hearts of men, makes the sum of the church of Christ on earth; and to the individual who is building in his own consciousness true priesthood, true service, there is unfolded here and now some understanding of the power of an endless life.

March 6, 1909

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