Regarding Malachi, I don’t know. Care to enlighten me? But is that Jesus? Why, yes!
Continuously offering Himself up?
My Scriptures don’t say that.
The Holy Spirit has told us:Hbr 7:27 “He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”
Hbr 9:14 “how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Hbr 9:28 "Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many"There was only one offering and it was offered.
There was only one offering and only Christ Himself offered it.
There was only one offering after which Christ sat down on High.Hbr 10:12 "But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God"Let’s now recall the Creed.
The Creed says Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. If any theology has Christ perpetually offering Himself, then He has yet to sit down as the Creed says.
That Christ offered Himself ONCE is spoken of in past tense by the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, ONCE was only as long as to give the Holy Spirit the ability in Hebrews to say: “after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”
By definition, that “ONCE” ended right before the “AFTER.”
Christ’s offering was completed by the time Hebrews was written.
Continuous offerings, by definition, do not have any “AFTER.”
Atemi, very good point. But you are trying to place earthly constraints on Heaven which is not bound by things such as time.
We see in Revelation 8, When he broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw that the seven angels who stood before God were given seven trumpets. Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne. The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with burning coals from the altar, and hurled it down to the earth. There were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
Let’s see, we know the Lamb is there, and we know that the Lamb is the Eternal High Priest. And we see an altar. Hmmm, what does a priest do at an altar? He offers up sacrifices, or this case, a sacrifice. His sacrifice is eternal!
And when we celebrate the Mass, it’s less accurate to say we are present at Calgary, instead we are present at the Heavenly Liturgy.
Also, you say Jesus is on the throne, and you showed some Scriptural texts to back it up. But Revelation 7 says, They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.” This isn’t a bone of contention, mind you, it’s just something interesting. What are your thoughts?