Hebrews 7:2 Righteousness, After That Peace

Hebrews 7:2 (KJV)
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Melchisedec is such a fascinating Bible character. We would hardly pay him any mind had not the Word of God made featured him so prominently in the book of Hebrews. There is virtually nothing we can say about him except what Hebrews gives us.

Many believe him to be a pre-incarnate manifestation of Jesus. I am among them.

He is a King[1]

He is FIRST King of righteousness and AFTER THAT the King of Salem, which is King of peace. Salem, I take it, is not a place but a condition, peace.

I want to point out, as the Bible so clearly does, righteousness comes before peace. It’s the whole gospel in this one phrase.

  • Peace comes only through the King (Jesus)
  • Peace comes only after righteousness (provided by Jesus)
  • Peace with God is the ultimate goal of the Word of God

[1] In this case, the Bible capitalizes the word “king.” That’s a statement. He is more than a king. He is the King.

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Hebrews 7:2 Righteousness, After That Peace

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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