- The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek. - Psalm 110:4
- being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. - Hebrews 5:10
Hebrews 7:1-3 reveals five comparisons between Melchizedek and Christ.
- For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like (aphomoióō) the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually. - Hebrews 7:1-3
First, like Melchizedek, Christ is a king and priest who will reign with righteousness and peace.
Second, Melchizedek blessed Abraham. Christ, as High Priest blesses those who draw near to God through Him by saving them forever and making intercession for them.
- Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. - Hebrews 7:25
Third, Melchizedek received a tithe (a tenth part) from Abraham. Abraham’s giving of the tithe, demonstrated Melchizedek’s greatness over Abraham and thus the Levitical priesthood.
- Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils. [...] But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises. But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. [...] And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. - Hebrews 7:4-10
Christ, as a Melchizedekian priest, is more significant than other priesthood, including the Levitical.