Melchizedek: Our Gracious King-Priesthood In Christ
Publish Date: 2013-11-08
Author: John L Mastrogiovanni D.Min.
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One of the most relevant spiritual issues of this hour concerns the contrast between Grace vs. Law, Faith vs. Works and Good vs. Evil. Up until now, Christians have tried to balance the one with the other, and in doing so, unknowingly diluted the revelation of the Gospel at its core. Adding to our struggle to touch humanity with the message of Christ, it seems that the unbeliever is wise to the conflict, thus having no desire to embrace the frustration such religiosity brings to spirituality. For us, the Church at large, to resolve such contrasts and settle the conflict of religiosity and spirituality, we must rethink and embrace the high-priestly ministry found in Christ Jesus, known as the Order of Melchizedek. When we think of being kings and priests as the scripture states, many times we see the Aaronic high-priest going into the Holies of Holies sacrificing a lamb for the sins of the people. But in the New Testament, quoting King David from Psalms, we read that Jesus is a high priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek. So why do we insert Christ into the practice of the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood? Who is Melchizedek? How is this Melchizedekian order different from the Aaronic order? Surely Christ (the Messiah) is not a high-priest that has a dagger in His hand slaying a lamb The scripture adds that theres much to say about this Melchizedek, but its difficult to explain. Why? Could it be that in Melchizedek, the Mosaic Law, its commandments and its temple arent applicable in the way we have traditionally applied them? If so, what does holy living look like? Within the pages of Melchizedek, Our Gracious King-Priesthood in Christ, we will discover the enigmas regarding this king-priesthood, which is founded in the very origins of creation and the Garden of Eden. Thus, if Adam partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil brought the fall and death to humanity, why do we Christians believe that the preaching of good and evil will bring Life? This study-book can change how we perceive everything in both the physical and spiritual world as we know it, and open up the realty of the priesthood we have in Christ because we, too, are of the order of Melchizedek!