Who is Melchizedek? Gen 14:18

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When Abram returned from his victory over the kings of the East, he met Melchizedek.  He is a very interesting type of Christ in the Old Testament.  But who is he?

Look at the comparisons between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ:

Similarity                                Melchizedek                           Jesus Christ

Bread and wine                     Genesis 14:18                       Matthew 26: 26-29

Priest                                       Genesis 14:18                       Hebrews 7:26

Blessed Abram                      Genesis 14:19                       Luke 24:50-51

King of righteousness          Hebrews 7:2                          1 Cor 1:30; Rom 10:1-4

King of peace                         Hebrews 7:2                          Luke 19:38; Isaiah 9:6

No beginning, no end          Hebrews 7:3                           Revelation 1:8

I believe Melchizedek is a pre-incarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Other pre-incarnate appearances are found in Jos 5:13-15, Dan 3:25, Ezek 1:26, etc.  He brought forth bread and wine, foreshadowing the Lord’s Supper, he was greater than Abram in that he blessed him (Jn 8:56-58), he had no “earthly” pedigree (1 Tim 3:16, Jesus is God, manifest in the flesh) and he is eternal (1 Jn 5:11).

The only difficulty with this is that he is said to be like unto the Son of God (Heb 7:3).  But that’s not really a problem because before Jesus was born, he was not yet the Son of God (Ps 2:7), although it is evident that God would have a Son (Is 9:6, Dan 3:25, Prov 30:4).  He is referred to as the Word of God (John 1:1).  Furthermore, John said, when he saw Jesus in the Revelation, that he was “one like unto the Son of man,” (Rev 1:13).

The importance of this pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ as Melchizedek is that he established a priesthood that predates and is superior to the Levitical priesthood that began with Aaron (Heb 7:15-25; Ps 110:1-4).  It is by Jesus Christ and not by the law that we come to God.

Conclusion: Thus, it appears that Melchizedek is a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ.