Melchizedek in Genesis 14 was the first royal priest and He is a picture of Jesus Christ. We see more in Hebrews:
• God declares to Christ, “You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchisedec.” (v. 5:6, 7:17)
• “The Forerunner, Jesus, has entered for us [within the veil], having become forever a High Priest according to the order of Melchisedec.” (v. 6:20)
• The name Melchisedec means “king of righteousness” and He is “also king of Salem, which is king of peace.” (v. 7:2)
• This Melchisedec “having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened to the Son of God, abides a priest perpetually.” (v. 7:3)
Hebrews 2:17 declares that Jesus Christ, the real Melchisedec, was “made like His brothers in all things that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in the things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
As our High Priest, His propitiatory death released us from our sins. This release, this redemption, this forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7) is wonderful. Thank Him! However, this release is not God’s goal.
Revelation 1:5b-6 praises Him saying, “To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever.” The release from sins is so that He could make us a kingdom of priests, which points toward New Jerusalem.
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