He [i.e. Melchizdek] of whom these things are spoken…is our Lord who sprang out of Judah

melchizedek2In the series “12 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 12.

The clearest and most straightforward reason to believe that Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God is because the text expressly calls for this conclusion.

Particularly,

Hebrews 7:6,13-14 says:

6 But he [i.e. Melchizdek] whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 13 For he [i.e. Melchizdek] of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

In verse 13, the person of whom “these things” are spoken of is clearly Melchizedek. For Verses 1-10 of Hebrews 7 are all attributed directly to Melchizedek. Yet, verse 14 goes on to describe this person–not as Melchizedek–but as “our Lord” who “sprang out of Juda.” Therefore, in the Writer’s mind, there is no functional distinction between Melchizedek and our Lord Jesus Christ, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5).

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Melchizedek is said to have no descent and is yet a descendant.

melchizedek2In the series “12 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 11.

In the Hebrews 7 description of Melchizedek we come across yet another riddle. Past riddles have included:

  • The realization that Melchizedek is innately eternal and yet only God is innately eternal (See Reason 4)
  • The realization that Melchizedek lives forever and is a high priest forever due to an unchangeable priesthood yet “after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest” of his order Who is also an eternal high priest. (See Reason 6)

This time we have a person (i.e. Melchizedek) who is said to be “without decent” but is yet a descendant of the Israelite tribe of Judah.

For in Hebrews 7:3 we read:

[For this Melchizedek is] Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Yet in Hebrews 7:6,13-15 is says:

6 But he [i.e. Melchizdek] whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises…13 For he [i.e. Melchizdek] of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

The only way to resolve this apparent contradiction is if Melchizedek is actually the pre-incarnate Word of God. For the Word of God lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23-25) being found in the beginning with God (John 1:1) and therefore He has no decent. Yet, the Word of God became flesh (John 1:14) and entered the world as a descendant of King David who himself “sprang out of Juda.”

 

 

It is witnessed that Melchizedek lives forever.

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In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 10.

It is witnessed that Melchizedek lives forever.

According to Hebrews 7:8:

And here [on earth] men that die receive tithes; but there [in heaven] he [Melchizedek] receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

In Hebrews 7:8, the counter-phrase “he liveth” must mean that Melchizedek has and will live forever because it is the direct contrast to the initial phrase “men that die.” But where in the Bible exists there a witness that Melchizedek cannot die? The answer is found in Psalms 110:4 which the writer of Hebrews quotes no less than 5 times (Hebrews 5:6; 5:10; 6:20; 7:11; 7:17; 7:21). In Psalms 110:4, God declares that Christ—and not Melchizedek—is a high priest for ever. Notwithstanding, the good and necessary consequence of Psalms 110:4 is that Melchizedek must also be a high priest forever since Christ’s designation as a perpetual high priest is predicated upon a trait of Melchizedek’s order (Hebrews 7:17). To illustrate this point further, If God, speaking of Caiaphas were to say “you’re going to be a high priest until the day you die, after the order of Levi” this would tell us that in the Levitical priesthood, high priest are “not [allowed] to continue by reason of death.” (Hebrews 7:23). This is understood because the trait of a temporary high-priesthood which God attributes to Caiaphas is derived from the order of Levi. Likewise, when God in Psalms 110:4 declares that Christ is a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, this tells us that in the Melchizedek priesthood, high priests hold their position perpetually. But again, we can’t have both Christ and Melchizedek being perpetual high priests at the same time so this discovery can only mean that Christ and Melchizedek are the same person. If this conclusion sounds similar to another one that we have encountered in the past, it’s because the proposition that “Melchizedek lives forever” is a necessary implication of him “abiding a priest continually” which we discussed in Reason 6.

Regarding Hebrews 7:8, Dr. Henry Morris states:

This “witness” was in Psalms 110:4, where the coming Messiah was recognized by God as “a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedec.” There could be only one such high priest forever! The King of Righteousness (meaning of “Melchizedec”) who blessed Abraham is also our eternal High Priest, the “one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Timothy 2:5).

Melchizedek was a heavenly high priest not an earthly one.

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 9.

Melchizedek was a heavenly high priest not an earthly one.

Hebrews 8:1-5 says:
(1)  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
(2)  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
(3)  For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
(4)  For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there [on earth] are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
(5)  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

Did you notice how Hebrews 8:3 could present a problem for those that claim Melchizedek was an earthly king and priest practicing the true religion in Salem? The verse clearly states that since every high priest must offer both gifts and sacrifices that it was therefore necessary for Jesus being a high priest to have something to offer as well. And indeed He did have something to offer; for He offered His own shed blood in the holy place in the heavenly tabernacle, once and for all! But what of Melchizedek? What did he have to offer? It certainly couldn’t have been the blood of bulls and goats since Hebrews 10:4 says that such a sacrifice would have disqualified Melchizedek’s priesthood from being one which promises (in Hebrews 7:11 & Hebrews 10:1) to perfect its subjects. Neither could Melchizedek have offered his own shed blood since that would have obviated Christ’s sacrifice. So again what did he offer? Such is the dilemma for those that espouse the idea that Melchizedek was an earthly priest in Salem.

Moreover, Hebrews 8:4 rules out the idea that Melchizedek’s priesthood was being practiced on earth during Abraham’s time since it tells us that there is no way that Jesus could be a priest on earth. Hebrews 9:24 confirms this by stating that Christ is serving as a high priest in heaven. Since Jesus is a high priest after the order and similitude of Melchizedek it follows that Melchizedek couldn’t have been a priest on earth either. Furthermore, Hebrews 8:5 says that the heavenly tabernacle not only preceded the earthly tabernacle used by the Levitical Priesthood but was the basis for its blueprint. This fact combined with the realization that Melchizedek was the first priest mentioned in the bible seems to indicate that he was a high priest in heaven before there was even one on earth.

Regarding Hebrews 8:3-5; 9:2, Dr. Henry Morris states:

The only true tabernacle is in heaven (Rev_21:3, Rev_21:10-11), but God’s glory had filled its earthly model (Exodus 40:34) when its construction was carried out according to the pattern given by God to Moses (Heb_8:5)…The “example” [in Hebrew 8:5] is an actual set of plans, as it were, and Moses was instructed concerning all its details…The design of the tabernacle in the wilderness, with its appurtenances, is described specifically in Exodus 25-27. Many of these details, as well as the worship services specified for the tabernacle, were models of the heavenly tabernacle and types of the spiritual ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest…The heavenly tabernacle is a real physical structure in the real place called Heaven.[1]

Since the true tabernacle in heaven preceded the earthly tabernacle of the Levitical priesthood (Hebrews 8:5) and the true tabernacle has a “minister of the sanctuary” (Hebrews 8:2) then it is not unreasonable to think that the perpetual intercession of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:3) was and is being carried out in the true tabernacle and that Melchizedek is actually Jesus the Christ the perpetual high priest who intercedes with His blood which was shed “from the foundation of the world.(Revelation 13:8)”

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1. See notes on Hebrews 8:3-5; 9:2, The DEFENDER’S Study Bible, Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

Melchizedek was without sin.

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason #8.

Melchizedek was without sin.

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. (Hebrews 7:27)

According to Hebrews 7:27, one of the key differences between the Levitical Priesthood and that of Mechizedek’s is that the high priests of the former needed to first offer up a sacrifice for their own sins before sacrificing on behalf of the people’s sins. In contrast, that prerequisite of sacrificing for the high priest’s personal sins is not needed in the Melchizedek priesthood. This can only mean that the high priest of the Melchizedek priesthood is already without sin. This conclusion is confirmed in Hebrews 7:28 were we read that Jesus is perpetually consecrated. Specifically, it says:

For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. (Hebrews 7:28)

Therefore, if being without sin is a characteristic of the Melchizedek priesthood and Jesus is a priest forever after the order and similitude of Melchizedek, then it follows that Melchizedek was also without sin. Yet, in all of history there has only been one person who is without sin, for Matthew 19:17 reminds us that there is no one who is immutably good and incapable of reproach except God. 1 Kings 8:46 says that there is no man who does not sin. 1 John 1:8 says that If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. So we know by these verses that mere men cannot be considered sinless. The compelling conclusion that follows from all of this is that Melchizedek must be Christ the God-man.

Melchizedek’s priesthood is said to result in perfection

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 7.

Melchizedek’s priesthood is said to result in perfection.

Hebrews 7:25 reveals that one of the qualities of a perfect priesthood is the priest’s ability to perpetually intercede on behalf of the priesthood’s subjects. Melchizedek is said to abide a priest continually so his priesthood definitely has this quality of perfection; yet, only God inherently possesses the power of an endless life therefore only God can truly meet this criteria. How could a priest who is merely a man spearhead a priesthood that brings about perfection if this priest is not God Himself? This is the riddle that Hebrews 7:11 presents us with, for it reads:

If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
(Hebrews 7:11)

The good and necessary consequence of Hebrews 7:11, 19 & 25 is that perfection is a by-product of the Melchizedek priesthood. And if so, then Melchizedek must be Jesus Christ for only Christ is able to save believers to the uttermost seeing as how Christ and Christ alone ever liveth to make intercession for them that come unto God by Him. Furthermore, Hebrews 7:26 says that the high priest described in Hebrews 7:24 & 25 became one of us. This implies that Jesus was a high priest before He became one of us and if so then who else could Melchizedek have been except Christ?

Melchizedek abides a priest continually and Jesus has a priesthood that is said to be unchangeable.

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 6.

Melchizedek abides a priest continually and Jesus has a priesthood that is said to be unchangeable.

Before us lies a great paradox that should have caused the Melchizedek-disparaging commentators to cease with their naturalistic interpretations of the text. Hebrews 7:24 makes it known through what is attributed to Christ that Melchizedek’s priesthood could neither be transmitted to another nor interrupted by death. Thus if Melchizedek is still a high priest (as Hebrews 7:3 very clearly states) then Jesus cannot at the same time also be a high priest since there can only be one perpetual high priest at a time. Yet, Hebrews 6:20 states that Jesus is a high priest forever as well. The only rational conclusion that this verse leaves us with is that Melchizedek is really the pre-incarnate Word of God Who is spoken of in John 1:1.

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