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Was Melchizedek the Preincarnate Christ?

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No, Melchizedek was not the same person as Jesus, contrary to a rather popular notion that stems from a misunderstanding of certain passages in Hebrews 7.

Melchizedek is first mentioned in Genesis 14. Abram (later called Abraham), returning from the rescue of his nephew (Lot), encountered this ancient dignitary who was king of Salem (early Jerusalem; cf. Psa. 76:2).

In addition to being king, he was described as “priest of God Most High” (Gen. 14:18).

His stature is revealed in that he “blessed” Abraham (the greater always blesses the lesser), and to Melchizedek the patriarch paid tithes, i.e., gave to the king-priest a tenth of his spoils (the lesser tithes to the greater).

The writer of Hebrews uses this incident (together with a prophecy from Psalm 110), to demonstrate the superiority of the priesthood of Christ to that of the Levitical system (Heb. 7:4-10). Beyond that, there were some similarities between Melchizedek and Christ, so that it may be said that the former was a “type” (a picture or symbolic preview) of Jesus. That does not mean, however, that they were the same person. In fact, the sacred text indicates otherwise.

Christ was said to be a priest “after [kata] the order [taxis] of” Melchizedek (Heb. 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:11).


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If anyone believes that Jesus was reincarnated we can discuss it here. From God's word about that to the prophets in the bible Jesus was not reincarnated several times as some in other beliefs say. The Bible doesn't teach the doctrine of reincarnation. The bible does however list the genealogy of people in it.

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Opus Magnus

Yeah, but Mary, Jesus' mother was a descendant of Aaron, the Levite.  So Jesus was an actual priest line, of the High Priests of Aaron.  Well, in Luke Chapter 1 it says Elisabeth was a descendant of Aaron, and Mary was her cousin, and they were both visited by the angel Gabriel about their unexpected pregnancies.  So, Elisabeth gave birth to John the Baptist.  So, I think if Mary is her cousin that means they're both from Aaron's line.  So, I think that's how Jesus justifies most of what he says, and that he makes priests and how modern Christians are under the laws of levites, instead of the laws of average Israel by his commandments.

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Will Due
On 9/25/2017 at 8:25 AM, Ellapennella said:

That does not mean, however, that they were the same person.

No, they are not the same person, but certainly, a common thread runs through the experiences they both had on our world.


Telling about Melchizedek, the bible says this:


Hebrews 7:3   

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.


Who was this person?


Without descent, no mother nor father (which means he did not have a material birth)

No beginning of days (so he just walked out of Abraham's tent unannounced one day?)

Nor end of life (did he just walk back in a tent and vanish on another day?)

Made like a Son of God (he had a very high rank)

A priest continually (maybe he's still here behind the scenes, as mysteriously as he came and went in the days of Lot and Abraham.



I'll make bold to say that when the bible says Abraham spoke with God, he was actually speaking with Melchizedek, the Son of God, who revealed to Abraham and Lot many things. Some of those things have become a part of many of the world's major traditional religions as handed down to us from the time before Moses, and the Pharoahs of Egypt.

The city of Jerusalem was named in honor of Melchizedek. 



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