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Verse 5

    "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" See Vol. 2, THE TIME IS AT HAND, p. 86, on the Reign of Judah, the glorified Christ.

    The Apostle Paul seems above others to fulfill the roll of this one chief elder who showed our Lord to be worthy to make plain the prophecies. In Hebrews 7:14 Paul says, "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning the priesthood."

    Paul further testifies that our Lord was a priest of a higher order, made so "not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life" (Hebrews 7:16). That our Lord would be the one through whom prophecies would be revealed is again established by this same apostle where he says, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things." Hebrews 1:1, 2

    It is not uncommon to refer to a whole group as being one, or of one member of a group acting for the whole. It is quite proper that "one of the elders" should be singled out to identify our Lord’s worthiness.

    Such a pattern is used by the Apostle Paul in saying, "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ… Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."  1 Corinthians 12:12, 27

    Again, in 2 Corinthians 4:10 we read, "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." Thus Paul as a mouth-member of the Royal Priesthood is speaking for the whole.


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