Is Melchizedek Still Alive According To Hebrews 7:8?

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Hebrews 4:14-15 states, 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.

If one would say that Melchizedek is still living according to their interpretation of Hebrews 7:8 then why did Jesus take the helm of High Priest (the only one who is authorized to atone for sins)? The keyword when reading a passage is essential to understanding the intent of the author’s message. The keyword in Hebrews 7 is “resembling.”

Now, let’s take a look at Hebrews 7:3 which says, without father, mother, or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God—remains a priest forever.

Righ off the bat so to speak, we know immediately that the Eternal One or the I Am is God alone in the person of Jesus Christ so to understand the passage we look for keywords like “resembling” found in the passage above. The verse is referring to that the Messiah cannot be traced or said to be purely human in nature. His earthly body can be traced through His mother but not through His earthly father because He has no beginning. The author of the Book of Hebrews used Melchizedek as a type because his lineage was unknown but that does not mean that he still lives or is eternal. All Scripture must be harmonized.

The title: “Alpha and Omega” alone belongs to Jesus which simply means having no beginning or end. Melchizedek cannot still be living as it contradicts what solely belongs to God, the Eternal One. In light of other passages and the meaning of I Am, only God still lives, everyone else dies, even Enoch and Elijah, if they would not have been raptured they would have met the same fate as everyone else, death.

Hebrews 7:23-24

23 Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. 24 But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently.

If Melchizedek was still alive then why would Jesus take his place as high priest? The answer is that he is not eternal but human, just like all of us and a sinner who sought God for salvation (by The Holy Spirit’s conviction).

To go back to Hebrews 7:8 which says, In the one case, men who will die receive tenths, but in the other case, Scripture testifies that he lives.

Verse 8 points back to verse 3 which nothing is really known about Melchizedek’s genealogy so he is used by the author of Hebrews to show that even though no priest was mentioned in prophecy as coming from the line of Judah, God is the one who appoints any individual He wants as high priest just like He did with Melchizedek.

The only person who died and resurrected and never died again was Jesus Christ. And the Bible makes it clear that ALL have sinned which includes Melchizedek. Only Jesus Christ never sinned.

The logic would be that if Melchizedek is still alive then that would make him a pre-incarnate Jesus but in Hebrews 7:3 –but resembling the Son of God- completely takes that option out of the table. Melchizedek was just simply used as an illustration of who the Messiah would be in regards to priestly office and genealogy. 

 

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Why Did Jesus Say, “Why Do You Call Me Good?”

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The rich young ruler met with Jesus

 

Matthew 19:16-17

16 Now one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good deed shall I do to have eternal life?”
17 He replied to him, “Why do you call Me good? There is One who is good. But if you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

Why did Jesus seem to say that He is not good that only God is good as to separate Himself from God? We know that Jesus is good as seen in John 10:11 which says, I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

What did Jesus really mean with the question at hand? Jesus was trying to get the rich young ruler to realize that He was God in the flesh. Why do I say that you might add? Because the young man recognized part of deity in Christ without being aware of it by seeing Him as good which by the way only belongs to God in the understanding of Jesus’ ministry with all types of miracles, doing things that only God can do. Since God is good and the young man saw that nature in Jesus, He essentially was saying to the young man, “Only God is good, do you believe that I Am God since you see that in Me?”

(Study) Jesus Is God

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Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the first verse of the whole Bible, God wants to make it clear that only He is the sole creator of the universe.

Isaiah 44:24

“This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself


Genesis 1:3

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Through God’s Word, all things visible and invisible was created.

Psalm 33:6

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“Word was with God” 

The Greek word for “with” is Pros which means: to, towards, with.

The Word was with (towards) God, meaning the Word (Jesus) was face to face with God and then it says the Word (Jesus) was God. God was face to face with a person, Jesus the Word. God was not with an impersonal construct but with a person.

John 1:2-3

2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Colossians 1:16

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

One of Jesus’ title is the Word of God which basically means creator (see Genesis 1:3 and Psalms 33:6).

Revelation 19:13

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17-18

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.


Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 5:1-2

This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.

Genesis 9:6

“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.

“Let Us” in Genesis 1 verse 26 speaks of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) because the “Us” created man and only God is the creator.