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There are some teachers that want to teach that Jesus was created and thus was not divine. There are some that state this Greek word "kata" in Hebrews 5:6: denotes that Jesus was not Melchizedek because the word means "order" which would mean Jesus was just made according to the order of Melchizedek but was not Melchizedek. We will cover the important points in this short study to come to the truth. It is true that the scripture in Hebrews 5:6: states [According to the order] [kata (grk 2596). According to the rank which Melchizedek held or like Melchizedek but does this mean that Jesus is not our High priest and that Jesus was not Melchizedek, King of Salem as we find in Gen. 14:18?
Let's take a look at Ps 110:1-7 first which states The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, you have the dew of Your youth. The LORD has sworn and will not relent, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." The Lord is at Your right hand; he shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, he shall fill the places with dead bodies, he shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head."
Now let's notice that in Hebrews 1:13 it also states "But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool"? Now this is a quote from Ps 110 which we read above. What does this mean and how does it show that Jesus is God as God is and not a created being? Notice the statement "But to which of the angels has He ever said:" which denotes that Jesus (Even before He was born as flesh) was not of the angels. Now the most important scripture is that Jesus was to be called Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us. In Matt 1:23. This scripture still does not convince those with the false notion that Jesus was not of the God family but a created being so let's continue.
The big question that has to be asked and answered is do you believe that Jesus was always divine and is divine?
Some may ask
Why does it matter if Jesus was, or was not Melchizedek, and why does it matter who Melchizedek was back in the Old Testament anyway? Let's answer the last question first. Why does it matter who Melchizedek was back in the Old Testament anyway? The reason it matters who Melchizedek was is because God had established His priesthood even before the Levitical priesthood was born. This shows that the priesthood was, is, and always has been God's priesthood and is divine which means proceeding from God like His divine Kingdom. The term priesthood means the "office of the priest" and always designates the one that is the head or divinely appointed for the purpose of teaching and ruling with the current laws of the priesthood.
It is very important to understand that the priesthood of Melchizedek was, and is a spiritual priesthood, and had to be of God in order to be pure, or the Messiah could not be of that order. God later set up the Levitical priesthood (office of the priest) for man to be a part of it serving the people of God, but God was always the head of the priesthood. When God took the priesthood from the children of Levi by the establishment of the "new covenant" through Jesus the Messiah whom was not a Levite, but a Jew, He did not destroy the priesthood as some suppose, but re-established the priesthood of Melchizedek through the one that has always been the High Priest whom became Jesus.
The wording recorded in Heb 7:1-3 was to be understood that Melchizedek was God as reflected in his statement. "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 translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually."
Notice the statement, "without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life." All men have fathers, mothers, beginning of days and end of life, and even the angels have a beginning, so this has to be referring to a member of the Godhead. Now some deceivers will tell you that this means His genealogy was not recorded in the books but if that was the case what about the statement without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life? Jesus stated that no man has ever seen God the Father at ANY TIME, so this could not be speaking of God the Father. If the Godhead consists of God the Father and Jesus the Son, and no man has ever seen the Father, but Abraham saw Melchizedek, then Melchizedek must be the Son whom became Jesus the Messiah.
This also reflects that the Godhead was established as the "office of the priesthood" from the beginning. This also explains why Jesus had to become the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. If Jesus did not receive the office of Melchizedek then He could not be our savior. The question; was Jesus the High Priest, and King of Salem is truly asking, is Jesus "our" High Priest and savior of mankind. Let's go to some scriptures that will shed more light on the understanding that Jesus is now our High Priest, and is still the King of Salem.
Remember in Heb. 7:2 the author stated that the King of Salem, meant "King of peace"? Jesus is called the King of peace, as well as the "king of righteousness," which Melchizedek was also called. The recordings in the book of Hebrews chapter 6: vs. 17-20 also states that Jesus is our forerunner having become the High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." We also read in John 1:1-10 that Jesus is the Word, and that all things were made by Him. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (John the Baptist) This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." And in verse 14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Let's read in Revelation what is described as the Son of God coming in His glory, and Whom is referred as the Word of God. Rev 19:11-13 that He (The Lamb of god.) was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God." So we see from Holy Scripture that Jesus is our High Priest as well as the Word of God.
We find in the scriptures that Jesus was re-established as the King of Salem and after the order of Melchizedek. We can also see by the Word of God that the office of the priesthood must continue throughout eternity, as is recorded in Heb 5:6. It states "As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek"; and also in Heb 6:20. "where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
How could anyone who has studied the Scriptures come up with a statement that Jesus was not Melchizedek the High priest as that priesthood had to be without corruption and as was stated He was without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life? The only reason I can think of is they don't know their bible or they are trying to say Jesus was not divine but created even before He became flesh which goes against plain scripture and would be the teaching against the Messiah being divine and the Son of God.
There are some men teaching lies in Jesus' Name going out to deceive the Children of God and one such man has stated that the word "Appointed" in Hebrews 3:2 which states "who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house." is mistranslated and should be "one making him" which as this man states should mean that Jesus was created. He is correct concerning the word (Poieo) which means the one making him but what he failed to understand is that this is referring to Jesus being made "Flesh" and not that Jesus was created when He was on the throne as a member of the Godhead.
Now the bible was not written with chapters and verses in the beginning and we need to be true to the writings here and go back up to Heb 2:17-18 to get the true meaning here as it states "Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted."
Notice that it states Jesus had to be made like His brethren (Flesh) and the
reason is given with the statement, "that He might be a merciful and faithful
High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of
the people." To make it clear it means that Jesus could not, as a God whom
had never been subject to the weakness of the flesh, fully understand what it
is like to be cold, hungry, homeless, and tempted which causes despair and then
to experience the pain of suffering and then death. Yes Jesus had to become
flesh before He could be our eternal sacrifice. He had to shed His eternal Godhead
till He was reborn as the Lamb of God. That is the process that He had to go
through in order to become the sacrifice because a God can not die so He was
MADE into weak flesh as the scriptures note here, but Jesus was divine and became
divine again after He was glorified at His resurrection.
There are other scriptures that reflect that Jesus was made flesh as we find
in the book of Luke 24:38-39 which states
"And He said to them, "Why
are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and
My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have
flesh and bones as you see I have." And as we read above in verse
14 of John chapter one, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among
And the most profound writings concerning this is in the book of Acts 2:30-36.
"Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn
with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh,
He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this,
spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left
in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of
which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God,
and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured
out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens,
but he says himself: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." ' Therefore let all the house
of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both
Lord and Christ."
Notice that the author here also quoted Ps 110:1-7? I would think it is because that this scripture shows as we did in the beginning of this study that Jesus was God and was to be made flesh.
Many seem to not understand that God is connected throughout the complete plan of salvation. Jesus stated that He is the beginning, and the end of all things. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus planed from the very beginning to become flesh so He could become the savior of mankind. It was Jesus that spoke and the earth was formed. It was Jesus that met our father Abraham with the two angels on their way to destroy Sodom and Gomorra. It was Jesus that spoke to Moses on the mountain. It was Jesus that was walking among the flames with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. It was Jesus the very Son of God that suffered and died for us, and it is Jesus that is our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Yes there are those that either knowingly or unknowingly are teaching error concerning the divinity of Jesus so we need to arm ourselves with the whole armor of God which one is having girded your waist with truth which we receive from Jesus the word of truth by way of the Holy Spirit of truth. Please beware of these apostate teachings and continue to prove all things. Remember this, brethren; Satan wants to rule even over God, and he will attack anything that places Jesus as our savior or as the High Priest. The way you can always know if a doctrine or teaching is of God is to determine if it leads you away from our calling and the true gospel Jesus brought from the Holy Father or if it teaches in anyway that Jesus is not divine.
If someone is trying to place them-selves in between you and Jesus in anyway, they are not sent from God. Jesus stated "If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no un-righteousness is in Him." John 7:17-18. Jesus always speaks the truth, but many are not able to hear Him because they are turning from the truth. May Jesus continue to be with us all as this Great Apostasy continues, and may we all come to love the truth so we can be in the Kingdom with Jesus as our God and our High Priest.
See a very eye opening study titled "The Divinity of Jesus" at the link below.
In Jesus' Service
Timothy M. Youngblood