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The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

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“Here [Hebrews 8:1, 2] is revealed the sanctuary of the new covenant. The sanctuary of the first
covenant was pitched by man, built by Moses; this is pitched by the Lord, not by man. In that sanctuary
the earthly priests performed their service; in this, Christ, our great high priest, ministers at God’s right
hand. One sanctuary was on earth, the other in. in heaven.”- Id., Page 413.

J. The False Mediatorial System

The True and False Systems Contrasted

1. IN the true system the Mediator is both God and man; but in the false system the mediator attempts to
take the place of God, but is only man. John 1:1, 14; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4.
“The priest stands as a mediator between God and man.” The Pilot (R. C.), Boston, May.29,


2. He who is the mediator in the true system is the eternal Son of God who was the mediator in the
original creation; but in the false system a man professes to take the place of God. Hebrews 4:14. (See
Lesson 31.)

“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” - Pope Leo XIII, in an encyclical letter
dated June 20, 1894, “The Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII,” Page 304.

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3. In the true system the offering is Christ himself, who offered himself once for all; but in the false
system a wafer is offered which it is claimed has been changed into the body of Christ, and therefore is
the same as the sacrifice on Calvary. Hebrews 9:25, 26.
“The mass is the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood, offered to God, under the appearances of
bread and wine.” Manual of Christian Doctrine,” by a seminary professor (R. C.), Page 438.
“The holy sacrifice of the mass does not differ in its essence from the sacrifice offered up upon
Mt. Calvary. As we find on Calvary and in the mass the same identical -victim and the same principal
offered, Jesus Christ, the two sacrifices are essentially the same.” – “Catholic Belief,” Revelation Joseph
Fad di Bruno, D, D. (R. C.), Page 101.

4. In the true system the sanctuary is in heaven; but in the false system every Roman Catholic church is
regarded as a sanctuary. Hebrews 8:1, 2.
The real presence of our divine Lord in the blessed eucharist makes every Catholic church a
tabernacle of the Most High.” -The True Voice (R. C.), Omaha, Nebr., April 18, 1913.

5. In the true system the priest is Christ himself; but in the false system a man is priest, who claims
authority to act in the person of Christ. Hebrews 3:1; 5:5; 6:20; 7:26; 10:21.
“The priest is the man of God, the minister of God, the portion of God, the man called of God,
consecrated to God, wholly occupied with the interests of God; he that despises him, despises God; he
that hears him hears God; he remits sins as God, and that which he calls his body at the altar is adored as
God by himself and by the congregation. This shows Jesus Christ as God-man [italics his].” Catholic
Doctrine as Defined by the Council of Trent,” Revelation A. Nampon, S. J. (R. C.), Page 543.

6. In the true system the law of God as given from Sinai is written in the heart; but in the false system
the law of God is changed into the law of the church, and various precepts are added. Hebrews 8:6, 8,

“Question- Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals

of precept?

“Answer- Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which- all modern
religionists agree with her,- she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the
week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural
authority.” – “A Doctrinal Catechism,” Revelation Stephen Keenan (R. C.), Page 174.


In connection with this lesson read, on the “mass,” pages 295-300 of the “Source Book,” giving
special attention to the following quotations:

A Propitiatory Sacrifice, page 295;
Some Canons On, page 296;
Compared with Calvary, page 297;
Christ Adored In, page 298;
Relation to the Continual Sacrifice, page 299.
On the priesthood, read pages 389-393 of the “Source Book.”

K. Daniel Chapter 7

In Prophecy and Its Fulfillment

1. To the prophet Daniel it was revealed that the little horn (representing ecclesiastical Rome)
would lift itself up against Christ, the Prince of the host, and -rob him of his exclusive mediatorial
function by substituting the false sanctuary service for the true one. Daniel 8:11 ARV.

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2. To the apostle Paul the same great apostasy was made known, and was declared by him to be
the man of sin sitting in the temple of God. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4.

3. Political Israel was given into the hands of political Babylon, on account of transgression.

Daniel 1:1, 2; 1 Chronicles 9:1.

4. Modern Israel was given into the hands of modern Babylon for the same reason. Daniel 7:25;

8:12, ARV.

5. It is openly asserted that in the system of mediation established in the Roman Catholic
Church is found the full realization of all that was foreshadowed in the typical service of the sanctuary.
Read “Source Book,” Page 392, art. “Priesthood, The Jewish and Roman Systems.”

6. In thus putting a false mediatorial service in the place-of the true service, the Roman
Catholic Church has subverted the vital doctrine of the gospel of Christ’s saving work.
“The center in Christian theology is the mediatorial principle. The center of the Christian
system is neither God nor man, but the God-man the Mediator. Christianity is the religion of
reconciliation. ‘All religion is union between God and man.’ But ‘the religion of the Bible is a reunion, a
reinstated fellowship.’ In the accomplishing of this reunion, or reconciliation, Jesus Christ is the sole
mediator. ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.’ Hence the central idea in Christian
theology is mediatorial.” Creation Centered in Christ, H. Grattan Guinness, D. D., Page 86.

7. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the sign of the creative power which was
revealed through the one Mediator both in the original creation and the new creation; the false Sabbath is
the sign of the power of the Roman Catholic Church which has instituted the false mediatorial service.
Exodus 20:11; 31:12, 17.

“It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest to
the Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Thus the observance of Sunday by the
Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority

of the [Catholic]

church.” Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, Mgr. Segur, Page 213.


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