Is the pope similar to the high priest in the Old Testament?

By January 2, 2015 8 Comments

Full Question

I was told there are similarities in the function of the pope in the New Testament and the high priest in the Old Testament. How so?


The function of the pope in the New Testament is similar to, though not identical with, the function of the high priest in the Old Testament. For example, the high priest offered the greatest sacrifices to God (e.g., on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement) and functioned as the earthly leader of God’s people.
While Christ is our high priest with respect to sacrifices (he offered the great sacrifice of himself; see Hebrews 7-10) and is the ultimate head of all God’s people, he has left Peter here to serve as his visible representative in his absence. The pope, as the successor of Peter, thus has a function similar to that of the high priest as the earthly head of God’s people.


  • Meena says:

    His similar to the beast as described in Daniel and revelation if you ask me. No offence my catholic brothers & sisters but the HOLY SPIRIT is God’s representative here on earth right now. God bless

  • John Maddams says:

    There is no reference to the Pope in the New Trestament. The office did not exist for several centuries and has no warrant in Scripture. There was a bishop of Rome from an early time but the first one was never Peter. That is just part Roman Catholic heretical teaching. The Pope today is the selected leader of the religion called Roman Catholicism that more or less destroyed real Christianity before it’s revival at the Reformation. The Roman Catholic denomination claims to be Christian and part of the universal church of whom Jesus Christ is the only Head and leader.

    • Eric says:

      Why would the church be destroyed when Jesus said, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it [the church].” Are you saying that Jesus is a liar?

    • craig says:

      Not true the early fathers of the church who knew snd were ordained by the apostles spoke of apostolic succession, look up wwew.churchpop.com and search heresy and click how soon did heresy spraed in early church and it will show you the years they spoke about Eucharist, apostolic succession snd primacy of bishops of Rome in years 95, 110, etc and the bible is book of the church anf the whole church is based on the bible and all Christianity has a Catholic book, you can learn a lot on history by looking up writings of the early fathers of the church on Eucharist, apostolic succession, purgatory, confession, confirmation, holy orders and you can see alot of proof in bible to which the Catholic church pick out which books would make up a bible on http://www.johnsalza.com, and look up the Didache written by the apostles

  • You are quite right Meena. The Pope is that ‘Antichrist’ spoken of in Revelation. He sits in the ‘Temple of God’ (the church)reclaiming that he is God. Holy Father, Vicariuus Dei, Supreme Priest. Three blasphemous titles which can only be accorded to God Almighty. He is head of a pseudo religion which teaches doctrines of Devils. He is absolutely nothing like the Old Testament Hogh Priest.

    • Eric says:

      He sits in the ‘Temple of God’ (the church)reclaiming that he is God (he didn’t. BTW, didn’t Jesus built a church not a book [which is a catholic book, I add]?).
      Holy Father (we are referring to his office, not the state of his soul)
      Vicariuus Dei, (it is not his title, his title is “Vicarius christi” or vicar of christ which means he is the representative of christ here on earth that Jesus commanded to him to “tend my sheep”)
      Supreme Priest (this is never his title because Jesus is the high priest [therefore supreme] that gave himself as the ultimate sacrifice).
      I hope you find the truth.

  • nreclleshaj says:

    Mark 12:29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
    Romans 3:29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
    John 10:30 I and the Father are one.”
    John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
    Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
    18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
    Acts 4:12
    Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
    Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
    1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
    3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
    6After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
    8His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some claimed that he was.
    Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
    But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
    10“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
    11He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
    12“Where is this man?” they asked him.
    “I don’t know,” he said.
    Luke 24
    30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
    32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while HE talked with us on the road and OPENED THE SCRIPTURE TO US?”
    33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

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