Representation and Priesthood

“Therefore the representative element must be included in the conception; the priest brings men to God representatively, through himself. Secondly, in the priest, the nearness of God is not merely counted as having taken place for the believers, as a mere imputation. Rather, so close is the connection between the priest and the believers that a contact with God on his part at once involves also a contact with God for them. The contact with God is passed on to them as an electric current through a wire. Thirdly, a priest does not content himself with establishing contact only at one point; he draws the believers after himself, so that they come where he is.” -Geerhardus Vos