“….it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude (pattern) of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, who is made (a priest), not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless Life (Zoe). For he (God) testifieth, ‘Thou art a priest forever, after the order (pattern) of Melchisedec’, (Psalms 110:4).”
The writer of Hebrews here speaks of:
A New Priestly Pattern
A New Priestly Life
A Permanent Priethood
Melchisedec was the ‘pattern’ for the New Priesthood.
“Zoe” is the Life of the New Priesthood.
Jesus, the New High Priest remains a Priest forever.
He was BEFORE MOSES, THE LAW AND LEVI.
He established the ‘Ordinances’ of the New Priesthood…
bread and wine.
He has no recorded geneology….thus, ‘no beginning and no ending’, or no termination of his priesthood.
His priesthood is the pattern for the Priesthood of the Covenant God made with Abraham.
The Abrahamic Covenant continues into the New Testament/Covenant.
Jesus’ offering up of Himself as the New Priest,
His body represented by the ‘bread’, His Blood by the wine,
fulfilled the prophetic pattern of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac,
which was a figure of the ‘True Sacrifice’…
Just as Abraham has carried over into the New Testament, so the priesthood, of which Melchizedec was a pattern, carried over into the New Testament.
FAITH TOWARD GOD IS THE GLORY OF THE NEW COVENANT.
“And, Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Abraham believed Melchisedec was the priest of the Most High God.
He believed God sent this man to him.
He believed that the covenant meal they shared was had a significance beyond his understanding.
Abraham also saw in Melchisedec, the combining for the offices of “priest” and “king”.
God never intended the Levitical priesthood with its attending garments, rituals, sacrifices and Temple/tabernacle to be His ultimate purpose.
These things were just ‘shadows’….or ‘pictures’ of all that the New High Priest and the New Priesthood, after the order or pattern of Melchisedec, of the Abrahamic period, would be.
They were a ‘parenthesis’ in the Ultimate Sacrifice: “The Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world”, (Rev. 13:8).
As a Priest, Jesus offered His body as the ‘sacrifice for sins’, ‘once for all’.
At His Resurrection, the ‘power of endless life’ entered into His Priesthood,
He now sits at the right hand of the Father, ‘ever living to make intercession (saying prayers) for us’.
Endless Life (Zoe) is the power that continues to feed/sustain
Him as the New High Priest after the order of Melchisedec.