13 Reasons Why Melchizedek Was Actually the Pre-incarnate Word of God

Speculations concerning the identity of Melchizedek are plentiful and not without controversy. Most commentaries or study Bibles that I have read say that he was merely an obscure king of a Canaanite city called Salem, who upheld the true religion. According to these writers, Salem was allegedly also known as the city of Jerusalem in the days of Abraham; thus Melchizedek is said to have been ruling there while administering his priestly functions for occupants who were undoubtedly pagan [1]. These same commentaries also insist that the writer of Genesis 14 deliberately left out most of the pertinent details concerning Melchizedek’s past and future so that he could end up being the perfect type to which Christ could then be said to match as the anti-type. The resulting silence is seen as a convenience that allows the writer of Hebrews to surmise creative inferences and traits, all which are then ascribed to Melchizedek. The most disheartening discovery in regards to these mind-boggling opinions about Melchizedek is that, again, most commentaries that I have studied end up reducing the writer of Hebrews to someone who is restricted to, or must rely on the sparseness of four Old Testament verses (Genesis 14:18-20, Psalm 110:4) in order to advance a narrative about Melchizedek. It’s like the thought never even crosses the mind’s of these “bible scholars” that perhaps the writer of Hebrews—whose pen is tethered to the hand of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16)—is capable of revealing previously undisclosed truth about anything without exception. As Dr. Henry Morris suggests:

if these musings about Melchizedek are right, then the reader must wonder how he became the “founder of a priestly order greater than that of Aaron, one to whom even Abraham paid tithes? If anyone could be called “the priest of the most high God” (Genesis 14:18) at this time in history, it would seem that it should be Abraham himself—or possibly Job, “none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man” (Job 2:3), or even the patriarch Shem, who was still alive at this time, assuming no significant gaps in the genealogies of Genesis 11:1-32. But all of these have already been ruled out. If Melchizedek was greater than Shem or Job or Abraham, he must have been more than mortal man.”[2]

Apart from Henry Morris, there remain other notable theologians, who, to their credit have resisted the urge to uncritically conform to the unbiblical and indefensible Melchizedek narrative espoused by what seems to be the vast majority of Bible commentators.

For instance:

Wilbur Pickering writes, “One wonders if Melchizedek was not some sort of theophany, perhaps Jehovah the Son, Himself.”

[Wilbur N. Pickering, Hebrews 7:3, The New Testament with Commentary according to Family 35, 2nd Edition]

Morgan G. Campbell:
The similarity between him [Melchisedek] and his priesthood and Christ and His priesthood is so remarkable that it does appear as though the appearance of Melchisedek to Abraham was one of the Christophanies of the Old Testament.

[Morgan, G. Campbell. “Commentary on Hebrews 7”. “Morgan’s Exposition on the Bible”. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/hebrews-7.html. 1857-84.]

Thankfully, the writer of Hebrews has embedded a series of befuddling riddles in the text which are sure to confound anyone who chooses to adhere to the badly mistaken commentaries of great men like Johanne Lange, Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, Matthew Poole, John Gill, John Trapp, etc. These next thirteen reasons answer those riddles and confirm that Melchizedek was the pre-incarnate Word of God.

  1. The name Melchizedek is really a title which means “King of righteousness”
  2. Melchizedek is the King of Salem which is to say the King of Peace
  3. Melchizedek has no mother nor father nor descendants
  4. Melchizedek has no beginning of days, nor end of life (this means He is immortal)
  5. Melchizedek is made like unto the Son of God
  6. Melchizedek abides a priest continually and Jesus has a priesthood that is said to be unchangeable
  7. Melchizedek’s priesthood is said to result in perfection
  8. Melchizedek was without sin
  9. Melchizedek was a heavenly high priest; not an earthly one
  10. It is witnessed that Melchizedek lives forever
  11. Melchizedek is said to have no descent and is yet a descendant.
  12. He [i.e. Melchizedek] of whom these things are spoken…is our Lord who sprang out of Judah
  13. Melchizedek is an eternal Being who receives tithes from Heaven


1. See notes on Ezekiel 16:3, The Defender’s Study Bible, Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., LL.D., Litt.D.
2. See notes on Genesis 14:18, The Defender’s Study Bible, Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

9 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why Melchizedek Was Actually the Pre-incarnate Word of God

  1. Dickens Cheung says:

    I look forward to the day when the “bible scholars” will have to give an account to God as to why they think they are smarter than The Holy Spirit -.-

    Until then, we will just have to bear with their foolishness…

    • James says:

      I look forward to this day as well. Such haughtiness will never fully be abased in our lifetime. I do however think that the majority of these “scholars” simply copy conclusions from one another in a way that makes the prevailing opinion one that is ultimately circular. I think this is done because of intellectual laziness. When you consider the sheer volume of each one of these commentaries, one can begin to see how it is easier to simply appeal to what some other scholar has said on the matter rather than think it thru for yourself especially when you are competitively compelled to write insightful comments on what is a massive amount of verses in the bible.

    • James says:

      Thanks. I updated the main post with a “References” section that contains the sources. I hope that was the answer to your question.

  2. Victor. says:

    I enjoyed reading your article regarding the identity of Melchizedek. I suppose the reason some people are hesitant to conclude that Melchizedek was Christ Himself is that Hebrews 7:3 says he was “made like the Son of God” This verse does not describe Melchizedek as the Son of God. Rather, it describes him as having been made like the Son of God. If Melchizedek was Christ Himself, how do we explain this description in Hebrews 7:3?

    God bless.

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