In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 5.
Melchizedek is made like unto the Son of God
The mere fact that Scripture says Christ and Melchizedek mutually share unique characteristics should clue us into the possibility that they might be the same person. Hebrews 7:3 says that Melchizedek was made like unto the Son of God while Hebrews 7:15-17 says that the Son of God is a priest after the order and similitude of Melchizedek. Still, some may be inclined to argue that because a comparison is made between Melchizedek and the Son of God it must imply a distinction between the two such that they cannot be the same person. However, this thinking is flawed for Paul in Philippians 2:6 compares Jesus to God (i.e. “[Jesus] didn’t think it robbery to be equal with God”) yet no one would argue that Paul therefore sees a distinction between Jesus and God. Another comparison is made in Revelation 3:21 between Christ’s throne and the throne of God the Father; yet Revelation 22:3 informs us that these thrones are one in the same. Therefore, a comparison does not necessarily imply distinction. Melchizedek was made like unto the Son of God in the sense that He and Christ are both manifestations of the Word of God.
Dr. Henry Morris also tells us that:
No mere earthly king was ever “made like unto the Son of God,” nor was there ever one who “abideth a priest continually (same word as “forever”). It is difficult to see how these descriptions could be properly applied to anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to encourage Abraham in this unique pre-incarnate experience, assuming a human form “like unto” that which He would assume forever when He became the incarnate Son of God. For the first time He founded and implemented forever the priestly order of Melchizedek. The fact that he was “made like unto the Son of God” accords with one of Christ’s pre-incarnate appearances; at His human birth, he became the incarnate Son of God forever. Melchizedek was also said to be a man (Heb_7:4), but the same is true in the case of other theophanies, one of which was likewise manifested to Abram and Lot (Gen_18:2, Gen_18:22; Gen_19:1-24).
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon tell us that the Greek work aphomoioo which is rendered in the KJV as “made like unto” also means “to express [one’s] self in.” Therefore Melchizedek expresses himself in the Son of God. But then again so does “the Word” for both John 1:14 and John 1:34 tell us that the second Person in the Trinity (1 John 5:7) Who is called “the Word” (Greek: Logos) is also made like unto the Son of God. Since both Melchizedek and the eternal Word of God are made like unto the Son of God, then it follows by logic’s property of transitivity that Melchizedek was the pre-incarnate Word of God.
- See notes on Gen 14:18, Heb 7:3, The DEFENDER’S Study Bible, Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., LL.D., Litt.D.