The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Christian

Question: Are Christians priests?

Jesus Christ is our "High Priest". But the New Testament teaches the "priesthood of all believers".

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Question: I see now what you are saying concerning the NT believers, regarding them as priests. Surely this is evident in Christ's Great Commission. However, I would like to know, do you then believe we are of the order of the High Priest Melchizedek, as the Mormons do?

Let's think about Melchizedek for a moment. An important aspect of Bible study is to consider the "context". In other words, what is going on round the section in question.

Melchizedek is mainly discussed in the Book of Hebrews. This is a theological work, written for Jews ("Hebrews"). It uses the Jewish method of argument, not the Greek, which we are more familiar with. In Jewish argument, allusion and analogy are important. In the Greek method, facts and deductions are important. The important Greek writings are by Plato and Aristotle - full of logic and carefully thought out argument. The most frequently quoted OT book in the NT is the Book of Isaiah, full of imagery and poetry.

So how does this apply to Melchizedek? Melchizedek is a shadowy figure in the Book of Genesis. Since the Book of Genesis does not mention his father, or his mother, or his children, or his birth or death, Jewish argument is allowed to speculate that he did not have a Father or Mother etc. This is an argument by analogy and allusion. So the author of the Book of Hebrews is constructing an analogy between some real and imagined features of Melchizedek and some real features of Jesus. The "order of Melchizedek" means "of the same type as Melchizedek" - according to this Jewish method of argument. "The order of Melchizedek" is not a priestly order like "the order of St. Ignatius" (the Jesuits). A better English translation would be "after the disposition of Melchizedek" or "after the arrangement of Melchizedek." In other words, whatever things (real or imagined) made Melchizedek a priest, the same things make Jesus a priest.

Our problem is that we take a document written according to the Jewish method of argument, and then apply the Greek method to it!

Of course, our own situation, as Christians, does not match the features (real or imagined) of Melchizedek - so we cannot be priests "after the order of Melchizedek"!

Should Christians pray using the Melchizedek Method?

According to a website: "Your questions, prayer and request are now answered through this rediscovered ancient Egyptian and Atlantean technique called Merkaba Meditation and the Melchizedek Method overseen by Lord Melchizedek and taught by Ascended Master Thoth channeled through Alton."

This is certainly not Christian according to the religious standards of the New Testament. It was the ancient religions of Egypt, Rome and Greece that St. Paul talked about when he wrote "when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods." (Gal. 4:8).

There is nothing in the Bible connecting Melchizedek with any particular "method" of prayer.

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