Summary: To show that our King of Righteousness lives within us who regularly blesses us with His Presence and Righteousness.
Are you regularly blessed by CHRIST?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that our King of Righteousness lives within us who regularly blesses us with His Presence and Righteousness.
Hebrews 7:1 (The Message)
7:1 Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God. He met Abraham, who was returning from "the royal massacre," and gave him his blessing.
CHRIST always meets with us, communes with us and blesses us with His Presence. I am more than Abraham because I saw face to face JESUS CHRIST my LORD, who is my King of Righteousness. Abraham saw only a glimpse of CHRIST, but I saw CHRIST Himself, who dwells inside of me.
Melchizedek blessed Abraham
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Melchizedek king of Salem and priest of the Most High GOD
"Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God."
Melchizedek = “king of righteousness” He is the Pre-Incarnate CHRIST. He even presented Himself to Abraham as bread and wine, two symbols of remembrance in the Holy Communion. No one can be called king of righteousness during those days, because as the Bible says, there's no one righteous, only Abraham became righteous because of his faith, and Someone is Greater than Abraham those days and His name is King Melchizedek. (Pre-Incarnate CHRIST), that's why CHRIST said He met Abraham, though, not in the form of CHRIST but as Melchizedek.
Genesis 14:18-20 (Amplified Bible)
14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High,
14:19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,
14:20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].
Psalms 76:2 (Amplified Bible)
76:2 In [Jeru]Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place is in Zion.
1 Corinthians 11:24-25 (Amplified Bible)
11:24 And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.
11:25 Similarly when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.
John 8:56 (Amplified Bible)