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Was Melchchisedek Christ preincarnet?
Who is Melchisedek?
There are those that say he is the preincarnate Christ. But how can this be. Every thing about Christ was prophesied by the prophets. There is no record of Christ coming to rule in a kingdom on earth before his time. He came as a lamb led to the slaughter for our sins. Next time he will come as the Lion from the tribe of Judah to execute judgment on the earth (Rev. 19:11-16) The kingdom age when He shall reign is in (Rev. 20: 4-6)
Jesus is Prophet, Priest and King. No other man held all three offices. Saul was a prophet and a king who tried to usurp the priesthood and was rejected by God. Melchisedek was a king and priest but not a prophet. So what does the scripture say about him. The mistake is made by concentrating on the “without father and mother, no beginning and no end” Wrong!
First being—Paul begins the mystical explanation of the historical fact (allegorical explanations being familiar to JEWS), by mentioning the significancy of the name.
2. Righteousness—not merely righteous: so Christ. Hebrew “Malchi ” means king: “Tzedek, ” righteousness.
King of Salem—not only his own name, but that of the city which he ruled, had a typical significance, namely, peace. Christ is the true Prince of peace. The peace which He brings is the fruit of righteousness .
3. Without father, —explained by “without genealogy” (so the Greek is for “without descent); compare Heb 7:6, that is, his genealogy is not known, whereas a Levitical priest could not dispense with the proof of his descent.
having neither beginning of days nor end of life—namely, history not having recorded his beginning nor end, as it has the beginning and end of Aaron. The Greek idiom expressed by “without father,” one whose parentage was humble or unknown. “Days” mean his time of discharging his function. So the eternity spoken of in Ps. 110:4 is that of the priestly office chiefly.
made like—It is not said that he was.
Jesus was not made a priest of the Most High God, He is the Priest of the Most High God from eternity to eternity His priest hood is like the Melchizedekian in that he came bearing bread and wine. So the priesthood of Melchizedek lives on in Christ not the other way around.
Made like—It is not said that he was asbsolutely “like.” Made like, namely, in the particulars here specified. Nothing is said in Genesis of the end of his priesthood, or of his having had in his priesthood either predecessor or successor, which, in a typical point of view, represents Christ’s eternal priesthood, without beginning or end. Aaron’s end is recorded; Melchisedec’s not: typically significant. “The Son of God” is not said to be made like unto Melchizedek, but Melchisedec to be “made like the Son of God.” Aaron, Elisheba, the mother from whom the Levitical priests spring, is mentioned: as also Sarah, the original mother of the Jewish nation itself. As man, Christ had no father; as God, no mother.
Melchisedec was prior in time to our Lord, But don’t forget that Christ’s eternal priesthood was an archetypal reality in God’s purpose from everlasting, to which Melchisedek’s priesthood was “made like ” in due time. The Son of God is the more ancient, and is the archetype: compare Heb 8:5, where the heavenly things are represented as the primary archetype of the Levitical ordinances. The epithets, “without father,”. “beginning of days, “nor end,” “abideth continually,” belong to Melchisedek only in respect to his priesthood, and in so far as he is the type of the Son of God, and are strictly true of Him alone. Melchizedek was, in his priesthood, “made like” Christ, as far as the imperfect type could represent the lineaments of the perfect archetype. “The portrait of a living man can be seen on the canvas, yet the man is very different from his picture.” There is nothing in the account, Ge 14:18–20, to mark Melchisedek as a superhuman being: he is classed with the other kings in the chapter as a living historic personage: not as Origen thought, an angel;
Melchizedek was not a theophany (God presence in angelic form.)