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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lightweight Answers for Heavyweight Questions-11


Today’s question is: “Who really was Melchizedek in Genesis 14?”

The simplest answer is: Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same Person!

Let’s hear the Word of God in three places below and the Holy Spirit will teach us who Melchizedek really is;


Genesis 14:18

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High.”

Hebrew 7:1

“This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.”

Psalm 110:4

“The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

 
  1. Melchizedek was Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.. He was not born as human beings are. He was without father and mother. This does not mean that Melchizedek's records of birth were lost. Without such records human priests could not serve (Ezra 2:62). But here Melchizedek had no genealogy. He must not have been an ordinary mortal human. He had no descent or pedigree from another, but was self-existent. Notice Paul's own inspired interpretation of this fact: “Having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” (Hebrews 7:3). Therefore He has always existed from eternity! He was not even created, like angels. But He is now eternally self-existing. And that is true only of GOD deity, not humanity!
  2. King of Righteousness. Jesus Himself said: “There is none good but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17). Human self-righteousness is, before God, as filthy rags. None can be righteous but God—or one made righteous by God's power—Christ in a person! And certainly none but One of the Godhead the divine Kingdom of God would be King of Righteousness. Such an expression, applied to any but God, would be blasphemous. Why?

Righteousness is obedience to God's Law. Since God made all laws (James 4:12), He is Supreme Ruler or King. He determines what righteousness is. "All thy commandments are righteousness" (Psalm 119:172). When speaking of one of the points of that Law, Jesus placed Himself superior to it. He is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). No man is Lord or King over God's Law. Only God could be! All human beings have sinned and broken that Law of righteousness (Romans 3:23).

  1. This man was King of peace. “Salem” from which Jerusalem was named means “peace.” And remember, Jesus is called the Prince of peace! No human being could be King of Peace. Men know not the way of peace. Read Romans 3:10 and 17: "There is none righteous, no, not one.... And the way of peace have they not known."


Conclusion

Are there two High Priests'? No! Impossible! The conclusion is inescapable. Contrary to many cherished man-thought-out ideas, Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same! Some people have stumbled on the statement that Melchizedek has no "end of life." They contend that since Christ died, He had an end of life! If that be true then Christ is still dead! But Christ is not dead. He is alive. It was not possible for Christ to be held by death (Acts 2:24). Melchizedek would never have fulfilled His office of High Priest if He had not died for the sins of the people and risen again. It is the function of the High Priest to lead the way to salvation.

Indeed, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our salvation (Hebrews 5:9; 12:2). He is "called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 5:10).

And no wonder. Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same Person!

Read more: http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/HWA/k/745/Mystery-Melchizedek-Solved.htm#ixzz28GIjBPae

Thank You Holy Spirit!

You led us to believe Melchizedek in Genesis 14 was none other than Pre-incarnate Christ before coming in the flesh to offer Himself as the High Priest of the Most High God in Hebrews7.

We love You Holy Spirit, our Teacher, Counselor, Comforter and Advocate!

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