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Was Melchizedek the pre-existent Son?

Submitted: 4/14/2007
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Question: Praise the Lord brothers, Trinitarians have explained Melchizedek to be the pre-existent Son of God in an attempt to establish the eternal Son view. How would you frame an apologetic against this view?

Answer: We would say that Melchizedek was a manifestation of God the Father, not the so-called divine person known as God the Son. In this sense, He was a pre-incarnation manifestation of God. We say this because Hebrews 7:3 describes Him as being 'without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.' This is not saying that He was the Son of God, only that He was like Him. The Son had a mother and a beginning (Luke 1:35; Galatians 4:4; Psalms 2:7). Melchizedek had no mother and no beginning. This makes Him God. When He appeared to Abraham as the King of Righteousness, He looked exactly like the Son of God because He was a manifestaion of the same God, only not in real human flesh as He later came (1 John 4:1).