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Christ the True Melchisedec
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Transcribed from the 1813 R. Thomas edition by David Price,email [email protected]

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CHRIST
THE TRUE MELCHISEDEC.

BEING THESUBSTANCE

OFA

SERMON,

Preached on SUNDAY Evening, JULY24th, 1813,

At the Obelisk Chapel.

 

BY J.CHURCH,
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL.

 

“Your FatherAbraham rejoiced to see my day—he saw it and wasglad.”  John viii, 56.

“He will bless the House ofIsrael—he will bless the House of Aaron.” Psalm cxv.—

 

Decorative graphic with London printed in it

PRINTED BYR. THOMAS, 11, RED LION STREET, BOROUGH

 

1813.

 

p. 3CHRISTTHE TRUE MELCHISEDEC.

Now considerhow great this Man was.”—Heb. vii, 4.

The sacred pages are an exhibitionof the loving heart of a covenant God, Father, Son, and Spirit;from whence flow all the blessings of eternal life to guiltyman.  All spring from love, for God is love—heis love itself, the fountain of it.  He loves himself, hisSon, and the eternal Spirit—it is a perfection of hisnature, boundless and incomprehensible.  This eternal Threein the One Jehovah, hath condescended of his sovereign goodwilland pleasure, to love and chuse millions of men, though fallenand depraved, guilty and hell-deserving—yet in a way ofmercy, pity, and compassion, determined to shew how far this lovecould go—the Covenant of Redemption being made in eternity,wherein the Father proposed to call his dear Son to engage in theWork of Salvation—the Son as graciously accepting, offeringhimself to be all, and do all in the great Work of Redemption, itwas purposed he should assume the nature of his people—forthis grand purpose, that he might represent p. 4them, obey,suffer, and die for them; for which he should be glorified inthat nature—see the travail of his soul, and be delightedwith all the happy consequences of his Work.  This beingsettled in infinite wisdom, our dear Lord anticipated thepleasure of it before the world began—My delights werewith the Sons of Men.

On the sixth day of the creation he formed his creature, Man,in the image in which he intended to appear four thousand yearsafter.  His heart was so intent upon this great Work, thatdirectly after the Fall, yea, the very same day that Adam sinned,the dear Redeemer hastened to make known the Covenant ofRedemption and Mercy—and even before he pronounced theCurse in consequence of transgression, he pronounced theBlessing!

Adam heard the voice of the Lord God walking in theGarden—the WORD that was to be made flesh, that spoke forus in the Covenant—he came, and foretold his futureincarnation—promised victory, and threatened Satan, who wasthe instigation of the Fall.  He frequently manifested hisgracious intention—proved himself to be the gloriousMediator, and that he longed to become incarnate, to manifest hisgrace by dying in our stead.  In the act of cloathing ourguilty parents, he shewed himself the end of the Law forRighteousness.  In Abel’s Person and Offering, heshewed p.5himself the acceptable Sacrifice—the Lamb to takeaway sin.  In the Person of Noah, the Ark he built, theSacrifice he offered, the Covenant made with him in the Rainbow(as the outward sign of it) were sweet tokens of him who ismighty to save.  The Blessing of Shem, clearly pointedout his gracious intention—God shall enlargeJapheth, and HE (God) shall dwell in thetents of ShemThe Word was made flesh, anddwelt among us.

He afterwards singles out Abram, the Father of the Faithful,(of the line of Shem) called him out of darkness, favored himwith several glorious visions of himself, as predicting hisfuture incarnation, for he saw his day and was glad. Abraham, under peculiar leadings of Providence, was for a season,situated at Mamre, where he built an altar to the Lord. This Mamre was in Kirath-Arba, afterwards called Hebron, whereDavid reigned for a season.  But, alas, a christian isseldom long at ease; we have no continuing city, we seek one tocome—no place, or house, or family, is free from troublelong together, from the palace to the most retired cot.  Sadnews was brought to Abraham, that his nephew, Lot, was takenprisoner, and almost all his goods seized, by Cherdorlaomer andhis allies, who were at that time ravaging the country. Abraham directly took his servants and friends and pursued theenemy to Hobah, and overtook their captives and the booty, and ofcourse restored Lot.

p. 6WhenAbraham was returning from routing Chedorlaomer and his allies,Melchisedec met him in the valley of Shaveh, in the King’sDale, and tendered to him and his weary troops, a refreshment ofbread and wine.  He also blessed Abraham, and thanked Godfor giving him the victory.  Abraham acknowledged him thePriest of the Most High God, and gave him the tenth part of thespoil.  Perhaps this was to shew God’s approbation ofAbraham’s conduct, and to point out the future victories ofour Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, in the hearts of his people,and, finally, over mystical Babylon, and its kings—therecovery of his elect, who lay in the hands of Satan, Sin, andLaw; and of whom the Father had covenanted with his dear Son,that he should divide the spoil with the strong, becausehe poured out his soul unto death.  While all who areinterested in this great Work must exclaim, Unto him thatwashed us from sin in his own blood, to him begloryAmen.

Now consider how great this Man was, to whom Abrahamgave the tenth of the spoil, and that blessed Abraham; and trulythe less is blessed of the greater.  May God the Holy Spiritassist us in our views of this great Man, the God-man Mediator,the Priest, the King, the All in All.

We shall notice the opinion of others.  We propose thento examine the Scripture testimony of p. 7this great One, and to answer theobjections which rise in the mind, concerning the reality of thisPerson being Lord and Christ.  We shallfinally notice the Nature of his Blessings.

I believe the general opinion of this great Man is, that hewas some King of Canaan, who was a good man, but whose genealogycannot be traced.  The Jews and Samaritans will have him tobe Shem, their ancestor.  The Arabians suppose him to beHam.  Dr. Owen will have him to be a descendant of Japhet;but how a descendant of Japhet came to be a king of Canaan, Iknow not.  Some are inclined to think he fell from theMoon.  But all these ideas are too mean, and none of themagree with what the Holy Ghost has said of him.  Many yearsago there was a Sect of Melchisedecian Heretics, who held that hewas some celestial power or virtue not revealed; but that he wassuperior to Christ, and made intercession for angels, as theSaviour did for Men.  The most general opinion is that hewas merely a figure or type of our dear Lord; but we are about toprove he was more than the figure—he was the adorableRedeemer himself.  We are not to make any thing in Scripturea type when the Scripture declares it is a substance, andinfinitely exceeds all the figures.  Our dear Lord iscertainly represented by many figures, but in the case before ushe is not; for the Apostle, treating upon the Subject, notconsidering it as mystical p. 8but real.  He is not explaining amystery, but merely commenting upon a reality.  Nowconsider how great this Man was.—Perhaps no subject inthe Bible has had a greater diversity of opinions than this, andthe reason is, because Men are so dissatisfied with theSpirit’s testimony concerning him: let us therefore noticethe Apostle’s own words, and follow him in his comment, andthere rest satisfied.  This will lead us to answer a fewobjections as we proceed.

The Apostle in this grand Epistle, is setting before thebelieving Hebrews the Dignity, Majesty, and Glory of Christ, asthe Christ of God.  He first proves him to be God over all,equal with the Father in power and glory, in all his essentialattributes.  He then shews how far he excels theangels, they being the work of his hands, and he their greatCreator; and having accomplished the great Work of Atonement, hehas entered into his joy, and is now representing our Personsbefore the throne; and as our great High Priest, still pleadingthe virtue of what he has done, before the Father.  In thethree following Chapters he shews the necessity there was thatJesus, our great High Priest, should be tried by temptation, thathe might know how to succour the tempted—that his people,by believing, might find a Sabbath of Rest in him, he encouragesthem to hold fast their profession, seeing our great High Priestis passed into p.9the heavens for them; and as he knew what soretemptations meant, they might warranty apply to him for all thatgrace they wanted in time of need.  This is sweetencouragement to the Lord’s tried ones.

In the 5th Chapter, the Apostle carries on the subject of thePriestly Office of Christ, knowing it to be of such vastimportance to the Church.  He shews the commission of Jesusto act as High Priest, and they, the Hebrews, well knew that noman had a right to this Office but he that was called of God, aswas Aaron.  So our dear Lord was called to it in theCovenant, in which the Father glorified him, and as God-ManMediator, called him Son, and told him he should be a Priest forever, after a peculiar Order, that is, of Melchisedec: his ownOrder, not of Levi or Aaron’s, but his own divineOrder.—The Apostle then complains of these Believers, theywere dull of apprehension, or else he would tell them many morevery great things; but they had had the Gospel preached to themnearly thirty years, yet had made little or no progress in thethings of God.  He complains that they were but babes inknowledge, unskilful, weak, and had got no further than the firstprinciples of the christian Religion, which he begs they willleave, and press after greater lessons in the School of Christ,namely, The final Perseverence of God’s p. 10elect, thoughthey might backslide, and even some of them go such sad lengths,as even to give up their profession for a time, that nothingshort of the precious blood of Christ applied to their hearts bythe Spirit, could ever renew them to Gospel repentance. Ministers could not—they could not do itthemselves—but a sight of Christ, put to open shame forthem, would ever accomplish it.

The Apostle proceeds to stimulate them to persevere in thegood ways of God, notwithstanding their weakness, sins,infirmities, strange feelings, and at times, want ofconfidence—no heart to pray or believe, but all deadness,darkness, and sorrow; amidst all oppositions, yet to keep on,encouraged by this, that a covenant God had provided everyneedful mercy in Christ; that he has covenanted with him, and allhis seed in him, that they might have hope in his faithfulness,and not in their own feelings or experience, which would waver,or change.  But for the further encouragement of that hope,he would have them remember, that Christ is their Head andRepresentative—that the Father’s love is the same tothem as to him; that Christ and they are one; that they arebeheld in him complete; and that as their High Priest, he isperfect—done a perfect Work; that he ever lives, and thathis great Work he is now doing in heaven, and will live to do forever, is simply, to bless his people, as he blessed their father,Abraham, when he returned p. 11from battle.  And now, oh yebelieving Hebrews, Consider how great this man was to whomAbraham gave a

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