WHO AM I?
by: Bill Bratt
Let's play a game called WHO AM I.
We will play it like GOLF. The Lower the SCORE the BETTER.
GAME #1.......WHO AM I?
Clue 1. I loved to play at riddles.
Clue 2. God gave me great strength.
Clue 3. I fell in love with a girl named Delilah.
WHO AM I? (Answer: SAMSON )
GAME #2.......WHO AM I?
Clue 1. I was thrown into prison because of my preaching in Judea.
Clue 2. I was beheaded by order of King Herod.
Clue 3. I baptized many people in the Jordan River.
WHO AM I? (Answer: John the baptist )
GAME #3.......WHO AM I?
A story goes with GAME #3.
During the war between a number of ancient city-states in Cannan
and Mesopatamia, Abraham's nephew Lot had been
captured. He and his family and goods were carted off.
One of their number escaped and brought the news to Abraham,
who armed 318 of his own servants and pursued the invaders to
what was later named Dan. Abraham rescued Lot and his
family and returned them safely to the Canaanite cities.
WHO AM I?
Clue 1. On Abraham's return I was like a person of mystery that
burst upon the scene. I was a priest who ministered to
WHO AM I?
Clue 2. I was the king of Salem and I brought out bread and wine;
I was the priest of God Most High. And I blessed Abraham and
said, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and
earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has dilivered your
enemies into your hand!'
WHO AM I?
Clue 3. Abram gave me a tenth of everything. A tenth is a tithe.
WHO AM I?
Clue 4. My Hebrew name means "King of Righteousness"
WHO AM I?
It is time to reveal our mystery personality.
Let's turn to:
Hebrews 7:1-2 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most
High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings
and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first
being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of
Salem, meaning "king of peace,"
THE ANSWER TO GAME #3 IS: MELCHIZEDEK
THE ANSWER POSES ANOTHER QUESTION: WHO IS MELCHIZEDEK?
God names individuals what they are.
Notice that verse 2 says Melchizedek is the "king of righteousness".
Jesus said: "There is none good but one, that is, God" (Mat. 19:17)
Human self-righteousness is, before God, as filthy rags.
None can be righteous but God - or one made righteous by God's power
- Christ in a person!
Only One being of the Godhead could be KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Righteousness is obedience to God's law.
Psa. 119:172 says "All thy commandments are righteousness".
Only God the Father and Jesus Christ have not SINNED.
All humans have sinned and broken that law of righteousness. (Rom. 3:23).
Notice in verse 2 Melchizedek was called the "King of Peace".
"Salem" means "peace." (Jeru-salem means "founded in peace.")
No human being could be King of Peace.
Men know not the way of peace.
"There is none righteous, no, not one....And the way of peace have they not known."
Hebrews 7:3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having
neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of
God, remains a priest continually.
Melchizedek was not born as human beings are.
He was without father and mother.
This does not mean that his records of birth were lost.
Without such records human priests could not serve (Ezra 2:62).
Melchizedek was without genealogy.
Genealogy is having parents, grand-parents, great-grand-parents, etc.
Melchizedek must not have been an ordinary mortal.
He had no descent or pedigree from another, but was self-existent.
The Apostle Paul said in verse 3 "having neither beginning of days
nor end of life."
Therefore Melchizedek has always existed - from eternity!
He was not created like the angels were.
But he is now eternally self-existing.
This can be true only of God and not humanity.
There are two members in the Godhead. God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.
Melchizedek cannot be God the Father.
1. Melchizedek was the "priest of the Most High God." From verse 1.
2. Scripture says that no man has ever seen God the Father -
Abraham saw Melchizedek.
If there are only 2 members in the God family and it is not God the father then who is it?
Notice verse 3: Melchizedek was " made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually."
WHO WAS MELCHIZEDEK? MELCHIZEDEK WAS JESUS CHRIST.
In the days of Abraham, Melchizedek was not the Son of God, for he
had not yet been born of the virgin Mary - but he was made like
unto the Son of God.
God and Jesus Christ has different jobs.
God is our creator and our healer.
Jesus was the Logos - Melchizedek - our savior - king of kings and lords of lords.
Notice again: Melchizedek remains a priest continually.
God the Father is not the Priest of God, but Christ the Son is!
Hebrews 6:20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus,
having become High Priest forever according to the order of
Notice that the order of Christ's Priesthood is named after Melchizedek.
It is the High Priest's name that is placed upon an order - just as
Aaron's name was upon the Aaronic priesthood.
Aaron was a high priest.
In Paul's day Melchizedek was High Priest, and even now he will rule
And at the same time Christ was the high priest, today Jesus is the
high priest, He shall be forever the High Priest!
Can there two High Priests? NO! That's Impossible!
The CONCLUSION is inescapable.
Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same person!