In Revelation 21:2, 9-11 John saw the city New Jerusalem and he describes what was revealed to him. One aspect of his description is in Revelation 22:3, 5:
…the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it [New Jerusalem], and His slaves will serve Him….and they have no need of the light of a lamp and of the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine upon them; and they will reign forever and ever.
The Greek word translated “serve” in verse 3 means to serve as priests. All God’s people are His slaves and all will be one corporate priesthood serving Him. Simultaneously they all will reign with Him. They will be the consummate, eternal, royal priesthood.
This royal priesthood was first portrayed by Melchizedek in Genesis 14. Verse 18 says, “Melchizedek the king of Salem brought out bread and wine. Now he was priest of God the Most High.”
The only other Old Testament word about Melchizedek is Psalm 110:4, “Jehovah has sworn, and He will not change: You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” In Matthew 22:41-46 the Lord quotes Psalm 110:1 and tells us that it is a prophecy about Himself. He is the real Melchizedek, the real King-Priest.
Hebrews 5–7 has much to say about Melchisedec. The next post will look at these verses. Later posts will look at all the believers as a kingdom of priests culminating in New Jerusalem.
Photo by Gregory Heath, courtesy of CSIRO Australia.