By Jimmy Carrier
We should keep in mind as we look at these
thoughts, that from Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God to His people is What We Are Becoming, rather than Where we are going. This plan is clearly seen in the revelation of Jesus Christ. As He is revealed, we can see the nature
of this ministry appearing in His people. Remember, As He is so are we in this world. The priesthood of the Melchisedec order must be understood before we can see a more excellent ministry. It is the order of priesthood of our day.
This order for the most part is still a mystery.
Psalm 110:1-4 (KJV); The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit Thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies Thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of Thy strength out of
Zion: rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: Thou has the dew of Thy youth. The Lord has sworn, and will not repent,
Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
The first time we see this ministry mentioned in the Old Testament is in Genesis 14. As we look at this chapter we see that Abram has been in battle and after
having had victories, met this Ministry that brought forth Bread and Wine. This Bread and Wine had life in it. Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no
life in you. Jesus is the Bread that came from Heaven, and the life is in the blood Thus, we see a ministry that can do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think.
Abram took this life home to Sarai and when they
were well in age, they received the dew of their youth. God changed their names as He changed their nature, and having been partakers of this ministry, they brought for the purpose of God, The Promised Son (Isaac). This order
releases the power of an endless life to bring forth the will of the Father in the earth. Another interesting point to look at is the name of God used here. King James uses the name Most High God. In Hebrew, the name El Elyon,
meaning possessor of heaven and earth. This Melchisedec ministry is a priest unto the MOST HIGH GOD.
Again, in Lukes Gospel we see a virgin who was told what the will of God was for her life. The salutation that she received
caused her to wonder how it could be. Then the Holy Ghost came over her and the power of the Most High and she brought forth Bread and Wine. His name shall be called JESUS, a Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.
MORE EXCELLENT MINISTRY
As we look into this more excellent ministry we see that it is priesthood after the order of Melchisedec. Melchisedec denotes not a personal name but a priesthood. The Hebrew word in the Strongs
Concordance is Malkly - Tsedeq which means:
1. (6664-63) the right, equity, prosperity, justice, righteousness, cleanse and justify
2. (4428-4427) King royalty, to reign, to ascend the throne, to induct into royalty
The word Melchisedec appears in the Bible eleven times - two in the Old Testament and nine in the New Testament. The book of Hebrews reveals the principle of the more excellent ministry and is the primary scriptural basis
for the study of Melchisedec. The word Hebrews means Eber, a patriarch. Eber means passing over, come over, overcome, on the other side. There is a kingdom of priests that are passing over to the more excellent ministry, the new
order of the day.
What is the more excellent ministry? It is the realm of maturity and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If we look at the pattern laid out in the tabernacle of Moses we see it as the Most Holy Place into which
Jesus our forerunner has entered. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for
ever after the order of Melchisedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20)
As we study the Bible we will see that the more excellent ministry is also revealed as:
1. The priesthood of Melchisedec. (Hebrews, Chapters 5-7)
Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 5:10 KJV)
2. The royal priesthood (1Peter 2:9 KJV)
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
3. Priesthood with Urim & Thummin (Ezra Chapter 2 KJV)
And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat
of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummin. Ezra 2:63
4. Zadok priesthood (Ezekiel Chapter 44)
5. A faithful priesthood (1Samuel Chapters 1-4)
6. King Priest ministry (Rev. 1:6, 5:10 KJV)
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. AMEN
7. High Priestly ministry (Hebrews Chapters 4-10)
The day of understanding is open to us as we cross over from a fading order to a priesthood forever after the order of Melchisedec.
A Ministry of Love
As we look into the ministry of Melchisedec, which we are
calling the More Excellent Ministry, we can see the greatest expression of love and a love that never fails. A love that brings all things to completeness. As we read 1Cor. 13:12-13 we can see the move from having a darkened vision
to that which will abide. Verse 12 shows the in-part mentality. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I now in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. The phrase, for we see through a glass
darkly, means that we see things in a riddle or confusion, at a distance. We see Him who is Love, face to face, and after knowing the Lord in this dimension, we will know Him as He knows us. We shall then fix our eyes on Him and
see him as he is (1John 3:2). We shall know how we are known and enter into all the mysteries of divine love and grace. The time of change! To pass from darkness to light, from confusion to understanding of the glorious light that
shines in the face of Jesus.
For God, who commanded the slight to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6)
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor. 3:18)
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy
light shall we see light. O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psm. 36:9-10)
As we can see there is a ministry of love in this More Excellent Ministry.
It is the greatest expression of Him and characterizes the Melchisedec order. This love abides and produces giving as a lifestyle. (John 3:16)
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these
is charity. (1Cor. 13:13) (KJV)
And so faith, hope, love abide (faith - conviction and belief respecting mans relation to God and divine things; hope - joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation, love - true
affection for God and man, growing out of Gods love for and in us. (1 Cor. 13:13)(AMP)
Pastor Jimmy Carrier, Fellowship West
201 Florence St., Hueytown, AL 35023