The Melchizedek Promise
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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Today the whole world is suffering from religious confusion. The most widely asked question today is, "Which is a right religion?" Another question that is asked is, "Are all religions OK?"
Today we hear much about the Muslim religion. A newscaster for one of the main television networks stated there were three main holy books of religious writings: the Koran, the Torah or Talmud, and the Bible. Neither the Torah nor the Koran claim to be divinely inspired. Both these books were written by men who claimed to be prophets. Only the Bible was inspired by God. As the apostle Timothy wrote:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." II Timothy 3:16
Since there is only one of these books that claim divine authorship, then only the Holy Bible can be used to direct man back to his created place in God. We need to realize that every religion has one thing in common --- and that is the spirit of religion. The spirit of religion says everyone who becomes part of any of man's religious orders is alright with God, and everyone else is all wrong. This is true with those who serve any of the false religions. This is especially true with the Muslim religion, also known as Islam. The Koran states anyone resisting or denying the Islam faith must be punished. Those who resist or deny Islam are to have their hands cut off or put to death. A few years ago Salman Rushdie wrote a book called "The Satanic Verses." In this book, the author exposed the Koran for what it was. The Moslems put out a one million dollar bounty for anyone who would kill this man.
The Torah is the Jewish holy book. It was not taken from the Old Testament as many believe. The Talmud is the Jewish interpretation of the Torah, much like the commentaries written by man on the Bible. When Judah returned from their Babylonian captivity, they brought back the Babylonian Talmud, which many Jews use as their Holy Book. The Babylonian Talmud has nothing to do with the God of Abraham. When questioning a Jew, he was asked to explain his faith. His answer was, "If you get seven Jews together, you have seven different beliefs." The Jewish religion is not an absolute faith. This is also true with the different sects in the Christian religion. They all have their different "denominations."
When Christians talk about their religion they call it their faith. When Christians meet, one of the most common questions asked is, "What faith are you?" --- as if we had a choice. As the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus:
"One Lord, one faith, one baptism," *** Ephesians 4:5
There is only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. The Bible is the only book that tells us what is pleasing in the sight of God. And yet the denominational sects have taken pieces and parts of the Bible and established their man-made orders, and say the rest does not apply. Many call themselves New Testament churches, as if the Old Testament had no substance in their beliefs. Many of the old-line, denominational churches deny the virgin birth. Many have even come to the point of denying the death of their Saviour, and have completely done away with His resurrection. One denomination has taken all mention of blood from their Bibles. While others have made Jesus to be female. All these are abominations unto God.
When the question arises concerning the Holy Spirit anointing, this is considered to be heresy. When the churches are confronted with proper order, they would rather do things the way they have always done them. Many cannot change the order because of the set policy of their denominational headquarters.
The writings of the apostle Paul give us much insight as to how we are to live. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth because they were a very out-of-order church, and yet many churches believe Paul was giving them direction on how to operate the church. When, in reality, all Paul was trying to do was to establish order in this very, carnal, corrupt church.
As we look at the Corinthian church and the city of Corinth, we discover many similarities between the morally destitute city of Corinth and the United States. As Paul described the church at Corinth, it is like he is speaking of the denominations of today.
Looking first at the city of Corinth and comparing it to the United States, we discover it was a very wealthy city, like the United States. Like the United States, Corinth grew very rapidly and became the trade center of the world. It was also the center of many religions. Today, the United States has become the center for all religions.
Corinth with all its wealth, beauty, and influence still had much corruption, fornication, and idol worship. Much of the corruption was political corruption, just like the United States of today. All the sins of Corinth were brought into the church. The same has happened to the churches in the United States. All the sins of the world are welcome in most of the organized church system.
Paul addressed the sin of fornication in the church at Corinth:
"It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife." *** I Corinthians 5:1
Paul stated this man was having a relationship with his father's wife. We should note this was not the man's mother, but another of his father's wives. As Paul stated, this was not even done among the Gentiles, yet it was in the church at Corinth. This is why Paul had included earlier in his letter to the church at Corinth:
"And, I brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strifes, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" *** I Corinthians 3:1-3
Why did Paul call the Corinthians babes in Christ? To understand this we must look at the book of Hebrews:
"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again what is the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe." *** Hebrews 5:12-13
As Paul said, he could not speak to the Corinthians as unto spiritual, but only as carnal. He called them babes in Christ. The church at Corinth were babies because they were not skilled in the Word of life. Because of this, they were not able to use the Word of righteousness as a tool in their lives.
How true this is in the church system today! It is not only true of those who sit in the pews, it is also true of those who stand behind the pulpits. They are not skilled in the Word. They are only skilled in church doctrine and how to fleece the flock.
Since the church at Corinth did not know, nor understand the Word of God, Paul had to speak to them as carnal babies in Christ. They had no spiritual understanding of what God's book, or Paul, was trying to teach them.
Those who have sat in these religious systems for thirty, forty, fifty years and longer, are still considered by their pastors to be babes in Christ who cannot be fed strong meat. At least this is the excuse they use. In reality, they cannot give the people the strong meat of the Word because they do not know or understand it themselves. All they know is the "Salvation Message." Then they condemn the people because they are not growing in God's Word.
Paul was only able to feed the church at Corinth with milk, and not strong meat, because they were not able to bear the meat of the Word. The church at Corinth remained carnal babies, and this is where much of the church in the United States is today. Milk is fine for babies, but no one can grow up on milk. Peter declared:
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby:" *** I Peter 2:2
The key phrase here is, ". . . that ye may grow thereby." We do not desire the milk of the Word so we can remain babies. Babies are no good in God's Kingdom. God, nor anyone else, can use babies to accomplish anything. Babies need constant care. Ask yourself, "If you needed something done would you ask a two-year old to do it?" The main difference between babies and adults is that adults can feed themselves. The beloved John knew this, and he informs us:
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him, abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it had taught you, ye shall abide in Him". *** I John 2:27
The anointing is our teacher. Those who are mature can feed themselves. Those who do not want their people to grow up keep them on milk so they must come back to the mother church's breast to be nourished. The prophet Isaiah addressed this problem when he asked the question:
"Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there little:" *** Isaiah 28:9-10
When we grow up, we no longer desire the breast, but we want meat, something we can get our teeth into. The Bible is like a giant puzzle. We must put precept upon precept, line upon line if we are to see the whole picture God has for His creation man.
Paul could not teach the church at Corinth because, as he stated, they were carnal. How did Paul know they were carnal?
"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" *** I Corinthians 3:3
The word envying means "contention, rivalry, and jealousy." All these are traits of carnality. We need to ask ourselves, "Are these traits in the church where you belong?" If they are, then it is a carnal church.
Paul disclosed another sign of carnality, and that was strife. The word strife means "contention, wrangling, disagreement, not being able to agree on anything or with anyone." This causes church splits. Church splits are just a sign of being carnally minded.
Paul addressed divisions. The word divisions means "dissensions." Webster describes the word dissensions as having a difference of opinion, causing discord. We need to ask ourselves, "When someone disagrees with us do we cause discord by trying to get others to agree with us?" When we do this, Paul asks, "Are ye not carnal and walk as men?" Walking as men means you are still in the world serving the flesh. We cannot serve God and please the flesh.
What was another sign of the Corinthian's carnality?
"For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?" *** I Corinthians 3:4
Paul admonished the Corinthians for following man, and man's teachings. This is exactly what we witness today in denominationalism. One will say, "I am a Methodist, I am a Baptist, I am a Lutheran, I am a Pentecostal, etc". Are they not carnal? What does the word carnal mean?
" Having the nature of flesh, i.e. under the control of the animal appetites; governed by mere human nature not by the Spirit of God; having its seat in the animal nature or aroused by the animal nature; human: with the included idea of depravity."
Carnal thinking is simply satisfying the animal appetites governed by the human nature, and not by the Spirit of God. In his letter to the Romans, Paul informed them:
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." *** Romans 8:6
Those who remain in their carnal minds, serving the animal appetite, can only expect death. The spiritually minded have life and peace. We may well ask, "Why is this?" Paul answers this question:
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." *** Romans 8:7
The carnal mind is enmity against God. The word enmity and enemy are the same word in the Greek and mean "hated or hateful." It is the exact opposite of the Greek word AGAPE which is God's love. The carnal mind is not subject to God's law. God's law is the whole Bible. He gave us His inspired Word so we could know what is pleasing to Him and what He will and will not accept. The carnal mind works against God's Word continually, desiring to please the whims of the flesh, satisfying the animal appetite, and serving death.
Now we need to explore what the spiritually minded can expect. Paul informed us the spiritually minded can expect life and peace. But we have a hope that goes beyond what our mind can imagine. Paul tried to instill the vision God gave His people from the beginning of time to the church at Corinth. He informed them:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." *** I Corinthians 2:9
Today much confusion still remains as to where we stand concerning God's law. Many still embrace the Ten Commandments as being God's law. Others try to justify themselves before God by keeping the Sabbath. Still others try to keep the whole law. But as James related, if we keep the whole law and offend in one point, we are guilty of the whole law *** James 2:10. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul informed them:
"For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope; by the which we draw nigh unto God." *** Hebrews 7:19
This law was given by Moses who was a Levite. All the priests under the old law were Levites.
"And they truly were many priests because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:" *** Hebrews 7:23
All these men who were chosen of God to be His ministers to His ancient people went by the way of the grave. In speaking of these priests, Paul related their condition:
"Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's:" *** Hebrews 7:27
The Levitical priesthood had to make sacrifices for their own sins before they could minister before God for the people's sins. This law lasted for approximately 1450 years. But God had another priest and priesthood for His people.
"For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda: of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood." *** Hebrews 7:14
Jesus, our High Priest, came out of Judah. Until Jesus, no priest had ever come out of the tribe of Judah. Judah was the tribe of praise. Jesus' lineage came through David who was the descendant of Judah, the son of Jacob and Leah.
When Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River two things changed: the priesthood and the anointing. John was the last of the Levitical priesthood. When Jesus wanted to be baptized by John,
". . . John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered Him." *** Matthew 3:14-15
John stated he needed to be baptized by Jesus. Jesus declared, "It is given to us to fulfill all righteousness." What did Jesus need that John possessed? Jesus needed the Levitical priesthood and firstfruit anointing. When John baptized Jesus, the Levitical priesthood passed from John to Jesus, from the tribe of Levi to the tribe of Judah. Also the firstfruit anointing that John received in his mother's womb was passed on to Jesus. When Jesus stepped out of the water, the anointing of the dove (peace) came upon Him. From that day forward, Jesus operated in the Double Portion Anointing. Even though Jesus received the Levitical priesthood, He did not exercise the Levitical priesthood order. He received the Levitical priesthood so He could fulfill it, and end it. As Paul related:
"And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life." *** Hebrews 7:15-16
Every priest who ever lived before Jesus operated under carnal commandments, but Jesus' priesthood was after the order of Melchizedek. God began a whole new priesthood order in Jesus. When the priesthood passed from John to Jesus, this fulfilled the prophecy proclaimed by Moses to Israel in the wilderness.
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto Me; unto Him ye shall hearken;" *** Deuteronomy 18:15
Moses was not only a prophet which led Israel out of their Egyptian (worldly) bondage, he was a Levite. Therefore he was of the priesthood tribe. Moses knew God would raise up another prophet who would lead us out of our worldly captivity. This was Jesus Christ who became Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ, who received the Melchizedek priesthood.
To understand this we need to look at the beginning of the Melchizedek order. The first mention of Melchizedek was when Abraham was returning from the battle of the kings.
"And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God." *** Genesis 14:17-18
When Abraham met Melchizedek, Melchizedek brought bread and wine. There was a reason for this, which will be discussed later. Melchizedek was the priest of the most high God. First, we need to discover who this priest of the Most High God is. Paul enlightens us in his letter to the Hebrews:
"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." *** Hebrews 4:14-15
The priest of the Most High God is Jesus the Son of God. Because Jesus was tempted in all points, and was found to be without sin, He became our High Priest of the order of Melchizedek. He received this high priesthood order when He ascended into the heavens or the Spiritual realm of God.
"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; *** Hebrews 8:1
When our High Priest finished the work His Father had given Him to do, He received His place of honor and glory on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in God's Spiritual realm. Paul provided us with further evidence as to who Melchizedek, the King of Salem, the priest of the Most High God was:
"Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." *** Hebrews 6:20
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation king of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem which is king of peace; 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." *** Hebrews 7:1-3
Jesus is our forerunner. A forerunner is someone who goes before to show the way. The name Melchizedek means "king of righteousness." There is no true righteousness outside of God. Many suffer from self-righteousness and believe it to be true righteousness. The prophet Isaiah gives us insight as to how God views our self-righteousness:
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." *** Isaiah 64:6
Our self-righteousness will fade like a leaf when the wind of the Holy Spirit exposes our iniquities because we do not live by God's Word. Those who depend on their self-righteousness will be carried away by their own lusts.
As Paul related, Melchizedek was the King of Righteousness. He was also the King of Salem The word Salem means "peace." So He is also the King of Peace. Paul explained this peace to the church at Philippi:
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." *** Philippians 4:7
This perfect peace can only come from God. Jesus did not bring this peace. He only showed us how to obtain it. The early church certainly did not have this peace until the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost.
Paul informs us that Melchizedek was without father and mother, and had no descendants. He had no beginning of days and no end of life. He was made like unto the Son of God.
The word like means "to be in the shape of, to be in the image of, to be a copy of, and to be similar to." It is evident Paul was not talking about Jesus in His fleshly existence. First, this Melchizedek had no father nor mother. Jesus had a Father which was the Holy Ghost, and He was born of woman (Mary) like every other human being who ever lived.
Jesus has descendants because all the overcomers are his sons. He had beginning of life because He was born in Bethlehem Judah, and He had an end of life when He was crucified on the cross.
So who is this Melchizedek that is made like unto the Son of God? It is Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified, all-powerful, everlasting Father who ascended into the Spiritual realm to again become the High Priest of the Most High God.
One may ask then, "Is Jesus still the Son?" Yes, but only as His relationship to His creation who depend on Him for their salvation.
Is He God Almighty? Yes, He is the creator of all things, including life because He is life.
Then is this Melchizedek priesthood a physical priesthood as the Levitical priesthood was? No, it is a spiritual priesthood.
A truth we must come to in order to understand this is that there are no descendants in the Spiritual realm. In the Spiritual realm there are no natural parents. Adam and Eve, who were created in the Spirit, had no natural parents. In the Spiritual realm, there is no beginning, no end, and no lineage. We all become part of one Spirit. Paul explained this to the church at Corinth:
"But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit." *** I Corinthians 6:17
Most believe they are joined unto the Lord when they ask forgiveness of their sins. As we seek the meaning of the word joined, we find it has to do with relationship. The word joined is the Greek word KOLLAO and means "to glue together, cement, fasten firmly together, and to keep company with."
Being joined unto the Lord means becoming one in the Spirit, having our spirit knit together with the Spirit of God. To do this we must come to the end of self. Jesus was our example of this when He stated:
"For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." *** John 12:49
Jesus only spoke when the Father gave Him commandment to speak. Then He only spoke what the Father gave Him to say. Jesus further clarified this when He related:
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." *** John 14:10
Many believe Jesus was the miracle worker, but it was His Father (the Holy Spirit) that did the works through Jesus, because Jesus had become one with the Spirit. Jesus gives us this same promise. He spoke of the day when judgment must begin at the house of God:
"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." *** Matthew 10:19-20
When we become one in the Spirit with our Father, then in any situation, He will speak through us, just as He spoke through Jesus. As we understand God's Word, and who Jesus was, we realize Jesus was the perfect, uninhibited vessel that God flowed through. As we become one in the Spirit with Him, we will fulfill the word spoken by Jesus when He prayed to the Father:
"That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me." *** John 17:21
By Jesus' words we know we cannot become one with the Spirit until we become one with each other. As long as there is separation in His body, oneness is not possible. We need to recall the words of Paul to the Corinthians:
"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strifes, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" *** I Corinthians 3:3
As long as we walk as carnal men, living by our own doctrines and precepts, we will never become what God has planned for those who love Him. Paul informed the Ephesians:
"For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." *** Ephesians 2:18
By one Spirit we have access to the Father. What Paul related seems to be in conflict with the words of Jesus. Jesus proclaimed:
"Jesus saith unto Him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." *** John 14:6
Jesus stated that no man could come to the Father but by Him. Is their conflict between Paul's words and what Jesus spoke? Absolutely not. Most believe the way to the Father is through Jesus' flesh. The only way to the Father is through the Spirit. What Spirit? The same Spirit Jesus had. Paul went on to explain to the Ephesians:
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;" *** Ephesians 4:4
There is only one body of Christ and there is only one Spirit. What Spirit is that? It is the Holy Spirit (the anointing). The Holy Spirit is our only hope to fulfill our calling in Christ. As Paul related to the church at Colossi:
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" *** Colossians 1:27
It should be very clear to all those who read God's Word that the only hope we have in glory is to have Christ, the anointing, in us. As Paul related, it is our only way to the Father. It is only through the Spirit that we can become part of His one body. All our fleshly activities, our religious affiliations mean nothing if Christ, the Holy Spirit anointing, is not in us. Paul made this revelation very clear to the church at Philippi:
"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;" *** Philippians 1:27
The word conversation is the Greek word POLITEUOMA and is where we get the word politics or governmental rule. The word conversation means "to be a citizen of, and to conduct oneself as pledged to some law of life." God's body will make up His holy nation Israel who will rule and reign with Christ for 1000 years and then for all eternity. Peter saw the vision of God's body when he wrote of this last generation:
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:" *** I Peter 2:9
This is a generation of people who will not only become His holy nation, but will also make up His royal priesthood. This is a peculiar people. The word peculiar does not mean they were a bunch of oddballs. The word peculiar means "His purchased possession." His purchased possession will be made up of those who stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel.
When people talk about their faith they are generally speaking about their denomination. The word faith means "conviction of the truth of anything." Paul states our faith should be in the gospel. Today many's faith and trust is in their religious order which will get them nowhere. As Peter related, this last generation who becomes God's holy nation will also be His royal priesthood. His royal priesthood is His Melchizedek order. Let's look further at the time Melchizedek met Abraham. Paul expounded:
"Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who received the office of the priesthood, have commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:" *** Hebrews 7:4-5
According to Moses' law, only the Levitical priesthood could receive tithes, but Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek. This is the first mention of tithes in the Bible. Abraham paid tithes before God gave Moses the law or the Levitical priesthood. Paul further explains:
"But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises." *** Hebrews 7:6
Melchizedek was not descended from the tribe of Levi. He had no earthly descendants. His existence was Spiritual. Paul further related that Melchizedek blessed Abraham who had received the promises of God. God made Abraham many promises. But one of the greatest promises was:
"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:" *** Genesis 12:2
God was going to make Abraham into a great nation. God not only promised to bless Abraham, He was going to make him a blessing. As we look at this promise in the natural, truly Abraham has become the father of many nations. All the Arab world claims Abraham as the father of their nation. But this was not God's promise. God told Abraham he would be the father of a great nation. God's great nation is His holy nation. Paul explained God's promise of a great nation to the Romans:
"Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all," *** Romans 4:16
Abraham is the father of our faith, the father to all who believe. All who believe will make up God's holy nation Israel. All this began through God's Son. Jesus, God's Son, not Isaac, declared by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." *** Matthew 1:1
Jesus Christ was declared to be the son of Abraham to bring forth God's holy nation, God's great nation promised to Abraham. When Abraham met Melchizedek,
". . . he (Melchizedek) blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram, of the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth:" *** Genesis 14:19
Melchizedek blessed Abraham and proclaimed Abraham the possessor of heaven (the spiritual realm) and earth (the fleshly realm). Paul addressed this in his letter to the Hebrews:
"And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better." *** Hebrews 7:7
The less is blessed of the better. Who was greater than our father Abraham? The answer is obvious, only God Himself. So to whom did Abraham pay tithes? He paid tithes to God Himself. Abraham understood what many who call themselves by the name of Christ have failed to learn, and that is when they do not tithe they are robbing God. The prophet Malachi wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings." *** Malachi 3:8
Abraham was a man who knew not to rob God. Malachi claimed we do not rob God in tithes only, but also in offerings. What can we expect when we rob God? Malachi continued:
"Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation." *** Malachi 3:9
What a condemnation on those who refuse to give God what is due Him. God makes beautiful promises to those who are faithful in their tithe:
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruits before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts." *** Malachi 3:10-11
Bring your tithes into the storehouse. The storehouse is where you are being fed. When we tithe, God will open the windows of heaven and pour out His richest blessings. This is not necessarily money. God's blessings include good health, good friends, peace, joy, love, and all the fruit of the Spirit. If we follow God's Word, He will rebuke the devourer and He will not destroy the works of our hands, nor the increase in our lives. God makes one further promise:
"And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts." *** Malachi 3:12
Nations are peoples. All peoples will call us blessed because they will witness the blessing of God in our lives. And we will become as Abraham, possessors of heaven (the Spiritual realm) and earth (the flesh realm). God's promise to Abraham was that everywhere he walked and everything he could see God would give him. As the seed of God's son Christ Jesus, we are heirs of the same promise.
When Abraham met Melchizedek, Melchizedek brought two things with Him:
"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and He was the priest of the Most High God." *** Genesis 14:18
When Melchizedek met Abraham, He served him bread and wine. This is what we call communion. The bread is Jesus' body and the wine is His blood. This was to reveal to Abraham the possessor of heaven and earth His plan of redemption for His creation man. Through His shed blood and His broken body, man can have forgiveness of their sins. This was accomplished when He died on the cross. We can be sure Melchizedek explained completely what His plan and purpose was for all mankind. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." *** Revelation 13:8
In the Spiritual realm, the Lamb, Jesus, was slain before the foundation of the world. Since Abraham possessed the Spiritual realm, he knew this. So Abraham partook of the death of Jesus and became part of the eternal life promised by God to all who would serve Him from the beginning of time. God's plan of salvation remained a mystery until the angels appeared to the shepherds, proclaiming peace on earth, good will to men.
Abraham was introduced to the Melchizedek priesthood. Up until now, only one man possessed the Melchizedek priesthood. This was Jesus. He put an end to the Levitical priesthood. In Paul's letter to the Hebrews, he explains:
"In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." *** Hebrews 8:13
When Jesus made His new covenant with His creation man, the first covenant He made with ancient Israel became old and vanished away. The word old means "ancient, worn out, or decayed." The old covenant fulfilled its purpose and vanished away. The phrase vanished away means "to disappear or be destroyed." The Levitical priesthood was part of the old covenant, so when the old law vanished away, so did the Levitical priesthood. But we have the promise of a better priesthood:
"And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest. Who was made, not after the law of a carnal commandant, but after the power of an endless life." *** Hebrews 7:15-16
God is going to raise up another priesthood after the similitude of Melchizedek. The word similitude is the Greek word HOMOIOTES and is from the base word HOMOU which means "to assemble together." It is where we get the word homogenize, where there is no separation. God has promised this priesthood throughout His Word and will bring it to pass in this last generation. His royal priesthood is made after the power of an endless life. As Paul explained to the Corinthians, we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and these bodies will put on immortality. Immortality is the power we have of an endless life.
Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom of God, reveals:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." *** I Peter 2:5
Peter called this priesthood an holy priesthood who would offer up spiritual sacrifices that would be acceptable unto God. These are the true worshipers Jesus spoke of to the woman at the well.
Jesus told the woman at the well, "Ye worship ye know not what." The same is true today. There is so much religious confusion the people do not know what they worship. But Jesus informed the woman at the well:
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth." *** John 4:23-24
The hour is at hand when the Melchizedek priesthood will teach God's people how to worship Him in Spirit and truth. We must worship God by a changed life that is conformed to His Word. As Jesus related, "The Father seeketh such to worship Him."
God made a promise to the children of Israel when they were in their wilderness experience:
"And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which ye shall speak unto the children of Israel." *** Exodus 19:6
God had promised to make Israel a kingdom of priests and an holy nation, but ancient Israel rebelled against God ten times in the wilderness, and many more times after God gave them their promised land. Because of this God rejected them, and drove them from their inheritance.
But God's promise of a kingdom of priests and an holy nation is for us today. As stated before, the Holy Spirit confirmed this promise to us through the pen of Peter:
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:" *** I Peter 2:9
Those who have been called out of the darkness of their religious confusion into the glorious light of the gospel know the promises of God. It is not dying and going to heaven. It is overcoming and becoming part of His royal priesthood and His holy nation, Spiritual Israel. His royal priesthood is the Melchizedek order.
Thirty years after the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to give us this revelation of God's royal priesthood and His holy nation, Jesus, Himself, appeared unto John on the Isle of Patmos and gave John the revelation of Himself:
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever had ever. Amen." *** Revelation 1:5-6
Those who have walked into God's Kingdom by spiritually applying the shed blood in their lives will become His kings (ruling and reigning saints) and His priests (ministering saints) and will rule and reign with Him.
How do we apply the blood spiritually? Paul informed the Hebrews:
"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." *** Hebrews 10:22
All things in the Old Testament were cleansed by the sprinkling of the blood of bulls and goats. If we are to be cleansed from an evil conscience, then we must spiritually apply the cleansing blood to our lives. How do we do this? It is by the cleansing of the body with pure water. The pure water of life is the Word of God. Those who go through this process have been promised that God will make them kings and priests --- not for a season --- but forever and forever. Jesus gave John another revelation:
"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." *** Revelation 5:10
We are not only going to become kings and priests, we are going to reign on the earth, not in some far off place called heaven. God created the earth for man so He could have fellowship with him. This was lost in the garden, but will be regained when the earth is renewed, and again becomes as the garden God originally designed for man.
Jesus was not finished with His revelation to John:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him one thousand years." *** Revelation 20:6
This is the one thousand year day man must live to overcome sin. God told Adam in the day you sin, you will die. No man has ever lived that one thousand year day to overcome sin. God's chosen generation will live that one thousand year day --- and be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye --- from mortal to immortal --- from corruptible to incorruptible. This is God's Melchizedek priesthood, a kingdom of priests, an holy nation who will rule and reign on earth forever and forever.
Jesus gave a great promise to those who are diligent in their search for Him:
"Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them." *** Luke 12:37
The carnal mind cannot serve God, the fleshly body cannot please God, and the religious orders cannot find God. He is only found one place, and that is in the whole Word of God. Our search then must be through the Spirit. God is Spirit, and they who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
Grab hold of the Melchizedek promise and claim it for yourself. Begin today to seek God with your whole being. We have God's promise that those who seek Him will find Him. As Paul related to the Hebrews:
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised." *** Hebrews 10:23
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