But this man [Jesus], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
In Hebrews 7:24, the King James Version tells us that Christ has "an unchangeable priesthood." The NIV interprets this as "permanent priesthood." The Greek word for unchangeable and permanent is aparabotos. Some pundits have attempted to say that this word should be translated as "untransferable," thereby suggesting that Christ's priesthood ended and could not be transferred to any man. But Vine's Expository Dictionary states:
"Aparabotos is used of the priesthood of Christ, in Heb. 7:24, 'unchangeable,' 'unalterable, inviolable,' RV, marg. (a meaning found in the papyri); the more literal meaning in KJV and RV margins, 'that doth not pass from one to another,' is not to be preferred. This active meaning is not only untenable, and contrary to the constant usage of the word, but does not adequately fit with either the preceding or the succeeding context."