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For a moment we will turn our attention to the kind of priesthood that we have been called into, the Melchizedekal priesthood. The author, throughout the book, has been contrasting the priestly ministry of Aaron and that of Jesus, thus proving that Christianity is superior to Judaism.
1. There is a mystery surrounding this Melchizedek is. His name appears twice in the Old Testament (Gen 14:18-20, Psalm 110:4).
2. Who can he be? Some have said that he was an earthly ruler who was king of Salem at that time. But this can’t be true because we are told that he neither has beginning nor ending.
3. We can therefore conclude that Melchizedek was an appearance of Christ in human form in the Old Testament.
4. His name is made up of two words: Melek which means King or Royal and Tsedeq which means right or just. Therefore Melchizedek means king of Righteousness.
5. He is also the King of Salem. Salem means peace. From it we got Jerusalem which is City of Peace (Ps 76:1-2).
6. He carries the dual office of king and priest. This is the kind of priesthood ministry the New Testament believer is born into (1 Peter 2:9, Rev 1:5-6).
1. The Levitical Priesthood of the Old Testament was all about rituals and ceremonies. In fact it was just a shadow of the actual priesthood (Col 2:16-17).
2. The real intention of God was not a priesthood of religion but a priesthood of royals (Exodus 19:1-6). Therefore the Old Testament priesthood was just foreshadowing the priesthood of the Kingdom.
3. The Melchizedekal priesthood deals with Righteousness and Peace. That is the Kingdom of God (Rom 14:17).
4. Kingdom is always related to righteousness, power and glory (Mt 6:13, 33).
5. Therefore Christianity is NOT a religion but it is a Kingdom. A kingdom of priests. Every believer is a priest after the order of Melchizedek.
6. The Church is supposed to be the face of the Kingdom on earth. Church is not a building.
7. The Word Church is not a religious word. It is a political word. It means called out ones. The Greek word is Ek Klessia.
8. The First time the Word was used in the Bible was in Matthew 16:17-19.
C. THE EK KLESSIA (Matt 16:17-19)
The background to the word Ek Klessia is this. It was a system of government which was developed by the Greeks but was implemented by the Romans. The Caesar had a group of people he handpicked from the entire citizenry. Their duty was to enforce his wishes and even his frivolous desires. They became his SENATE which saw to the implementation of his laws. Therefore the word Church has got nothing to do with buildings, clerical collars, and hymn books, pews, Choir, etc. It is a Political word.
1. The First time the word Church was used was the first time the phrase gate of hell appeared in the Bible. This means that the main assignment of the church is to deal with the gate of hell.
2. What is a gate of Hell? It is a portal in the spirit that gives the kingdom of darkness access to the earth. The main gate of hell was opened on this earth by Adam (Rom 5:12, 17).
3. From that time the attributes of hell began to reign on this earth; death, sickness, poverty, violence, all kinds of evil, demonic possession, spiritual imprisonment, bondage, etc.
4. Therefore the Church exists to shut the gates of hell from releasing its evil on the earth. Jesus dealt with the main gate and he left us to deal with the other gates.
5. If you look at Jesus own words, He came to shut the gates of hell (Luke 4:18-19).
6. That is the exact thing the Church has been mandated to do. To preach the FULL gospel to shut the gates of hell.
7. To shut the gates of hell, the Church has been given the power to open the gate of heaven. Right in that scripture, Jesus gave the KEYS of the Kingdom.
Therefore, the Melchizedekal priesthood is NOT a priesthood of ritual and ceremonies. It is a priesthood of the Kingdom, the Ek Klessia whose sole passion is to use the Keys of the Kingdom to open the gates of Heaven to deal with the gates of hell.
Our next lesson will delve deeper into the Melchizedekal priesthood.
Memory Verse
Matthew 16:19
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (NKJV).

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