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Heb. 5:4-6

4 And [kai] no [ou] man [tis] taketh [lambano] this honour [time] unto himself [heautou], but [alla] he that is called [kaleo] of [hupo] God [theos], as [kathaper] [kai] was Aaron [Aaron].
5 So [houto] also [kai] Christ [Christos] glorified [doxazo] not [ou] himself [heautou] to be made [ginomai] an high priest [archiereus]; but [alla] he that said [laleo] unto [pros] him [autos], Thou [su] art [ei] my [mou] Son [huios], to day [semeron] have [gennao] I [ego] begotten [gennao] thee [se].
6 As [kathos] he saith [lego] also [kai] in [en] another [heteros] place, Thou [su] art a priest [hiereus] for [eis] ever [aion] after [kata] the order [taxis] of Melchisedec [Melchisedek]. KJV-Interlinear

4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was. 5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, 'Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten Thee'; 6 just as He says also in another passage, 'Thou art a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.' NASB

Priests throughout history have taken their positions through their own effort or appointment. Most take their positions for their ego, prestige, power, recognized authority or self glory. While few men have honorable intentions to teach the Word of God, far too often the office of priest is abused.

Only one person has received the permanent office of High Priest, and that person is Jesus Christ. Even Aaron, when he was appointed priest back in the time of Moses, held that position for only a short time. He died and the position was transferred to another. The Levitical priesthood was finally destroyed altogether for its total corruption, in 70 AD.

Jesus was chosen, sent, and honored by God the Father.

Psa. 2:7
7 'I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten Thee. NASB

John 8:54
54 Jesus answered, 'If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God'; NASB

Jesus did not elect Himself to the office, but was appointed by the Father. This appointment came by means of the divine plan which was set out in eternity past. We call that plan the Divine Decrees. Jesus' appointment indicates the continuity and consistency of the plan and that it is recognized by all three members of te Trinity.

Each member of the Godhead is co-equal, co-eternal, and co-infinite with the others. Not one of them is better nor lessor than the others. The purpose of the divine plan is to set out a policy of approach to God. The Father being the ultimate target of mans approach to God. This policy precludes man from coming up with his own plan of approach to God.

The authorized approach is through faith in Christ. The authorized spiritual life is through fellowship and the study of Bible doctrine. Thus one faith, one savior, one spiritual life.

All other religions of the world reject the divine plan in some or many forms while they copy cat or substitute their own requirements for life with God. In every respect Jesus Christ is rejected.

Psa. 110:4
4 The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, 'Thou art a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.' NASB

Gen. 14:18
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. NASB

Heb. 7:3
3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he abides a priest perpetually. NASB

These Old Testament passages referred to the Messiah, and that was well understood by the general population. They all knew that the Messiah was to be a great king and priest, appointed by God. Unfortunately the Old Testament priesthood rejected the idea of the first advent and His crucifixion. They fully expected that the first advent would be somewhat of a grand and glorious entrance with power and lightning and the destruction of the Romans, followed by their (the priests) obvious promotion to higher offices in Gods kingdom.

Instead they got a carpenters son whom they rejected and tried to sweep out of their life for someone better.

Melchizedek was a king and priest who lived in the time of Abraham. His ancestry is completely unknown. He was the king of Salem (the ancient name for Jerusalem) and was a priest of the one true God.

He lived many centuries before the Aaron was made the first high priest of the Israelites. But unlike Aaron, Melchizedek's position was higher in that he was a king priest, and his dynasty represented the eternal nature of that same title of Jesus Christ.

The existence of the city of Salem and of the office of the king priest Melchizedek predated the life of Abraham. Abraham was the tenth generation after Noah, the twentieth generation following Adam. Yet life spans were so long back then that when Abraham was alive, both Noah and Shem were still alive as well. See the 'Generations' chart.

Jesus has a far superior office than that of Aaron, than that of Melchizedek, than that of any priest (legitimate or otherwise) throughout history. Jesus Christ is both man and God, the unique person of the universe. There is no one better to look to for intercession with God.

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