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Is Melchisadek Really a Priest of God?

Posted June 23, 2011


Hi V____,

You ask me if Melchizedek was really a priest of the most high God?

Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

I appreciate the study you are doing, but we should never, ever place the writings of commentators about the sum of God's Word. I have never heard of "Russel Earl Kelly", but if his words do not agree with the sum of God's Word, I would reject his teaching outright.

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

We must never attempt to establish doctrine with just one verse of scripture because no verse of scripture is its own interpretation. God's Word is designed to be understood only in the light of its sum.

2Pe 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation.
2Pe 1:21 For not by the will of man was prophecy carried on at any time, but, being carried on by holy spirit, holy men of God speak. (CLV)

Now let's see what the holy spirit has inspired in the sum of His word. Here is how King David spoke of Melchizedek:

Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Would the holy spirit inspire those words if Melchizedek had no relationship with the Almighty God? I think not.

This verse in Psa 110:4 is referenced six times more in the book of Hebrews. Here is but one of those references:

Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. '

Would the holy spirit tell us that Christ's priesthood is "after the order" of a completely pagan priest who did not know God? Of course not.

Here are the other verses in Hebrews where Psa 110:4 is referenced:

Heb 5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Heb 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Heb 7:11 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?

Heb 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Heb 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

Yes, it is true that the title 'el' simply means 'god'. It can be used in reference to either true or false gods. I do not know whether 'El Elyon' was used commonly by Canaanites in reference to Baal or not. You quote Russell Earl Kelly, from 2007:

That may or may not be true. But whether it is or is not true is totally irrelevant to the sum of God's Word, which demonstrates that "Melchizedek was the priest of the most high God" and Christ's priesthood is "after the order of Melchizedek".

Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

I hope all these verses from the Word of God serve to give the direction you need in this study. Above all I pray you are granted by our Lord to let Him and His Word always be true and to let every man who withstands His Word to be a liar.

Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Please take the time to read this URL and if you still have questions then please let me know:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Who_is_Melchisedec.php

Your brother in Christ,

Mike