The earliest shadow of our reality as the Church can be seen in Genesis 14:17-20. When Melchizedek appeared to Abraham, he gave the work of God a glorious and futuristic hope in providing a link or bridge back for the lost state of humanity to our Creator. The unique nature of Melchizedek’s priesthood was in his Kingship. His Kingship held the power to promote peace between humanity & God, Hebrews 7:2. In contrast to the first priesthood of Melchizedek was the Jewish priesthood of Levi, one of the Great-grandsons of Abraham. The Levitical Priesthood would never be royal, it’s glory was not in gold & power to promote peace physically, but rather blood and incense to promote peace spiritually. Their work would merely provide one nation with annual peace, between annual sacrifices, whereas Melchizedek’s peace was present and promised secure forever…
We as the church have that peace in Christ, because He is our peace, Ephesians 2:14.
Another great gift from God in the prophetic work of Melchizedek’s priesthood was the meal he offered Abraham, Gen. 14:18-19. There is a message for us in the bread & wine. It was obviously a celebratory mark of victory God gave Abram over his enemies. Today in the Church we remember the victory Christ holds over death in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. His body and blood is where the victory was won and when He is represented in our communion, we rejoice in this bitter-sweet fulfillment of Melchizedek’s prophetic royal priesthood. The reality of Christ’s resurrection is powerful in that it was both physical and spiritual. Critics of Christ to this day falsely claim that His resurrection was spiritual, not bodily. But if it wasn’t a bodily resurrection, where is the real power over death, where is the evidence?
Remember who Abram rescued? Righteous Lot, 2nd Peter 2:7. This is why our history is important to learn. If Lot could be counted righteous by the standard of morality God gave them, then how much more righteous is everyone in Christ? Therefore, ANYONE in Christ can be rescued, not because of the righteousness of any human, but because of Christ’s righteousness. This is good news!
There are at least 15 messages recorded in Acts, a couple more depending on how you count and list them. What do all of them have in common? The word Christ and/or Messiah is used at least 28 times in Acts.
Acts 2:14-14 Jesus Christ is the Son of God; Repent & be baptized for the remission of sins.
Acts 3:12-26 Jewish people should repent for Crucifying the Christ
Acts 4:5-12 The power of Christ healed the crippled man
Acts 7 Review of Jewish history & that the Jewish leaders murdered the Christ
Acts 10:28-47 Christ can save the Gentiles also like the Jews
Acts 11:4-18 Gentiles can now be saved by Christ
Acts 13:16-41 Jesus was the Christ & the Old Testament is fulfilled
Acts 15:7-11 Salvation by the grace of Christ is available to all
Acts 15:13-21 Circumcision is not required of Gentile converts to Christ
Acts 17:22-31 God will hold all people accountable for their response to Christ
Acts 20:17-35 Remain faithful to Christ in spite of false teachers and various persecutions
Acts 22:1-21 Recounts his conversion to Christ and his ministry & mission to the Gentiles
Acts 23:1-7 Paul’s defense, declares himself a Pharisee believing in the resurrection of Christ
Acts 24:10-21 Righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come with the resurrected Christ
Acts 26:2-23 Recounts his conversion and evangelism for the gospel of Christ
What does the church today emphasize in our preaching and teaching?