Sunday, March 27, 2016

Who is the Most High and His Priest?

Who is the Most High and His Priest?
By Sean Killackey
January 15th, 2016

“[P]raised be the Most High.”– Genesis 14:20 NWT

Melchizedek, Paul tells us, was “king of Salem” and “priest of the Most High God.” Who did he serve as priest for? Who is the Most High? These questions are of utmost importance to truth-seeking people of all kinds, and of special concern to Mormons who desire to approach the Most High and to be saved by the offering given by His High Priest. Only by knowing who one is can we know who the other is.[1]
Doctrine and Covenants 107:2-4 shows that the “Melchizedek Priesthood” is named such out of “respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repletion of his name.” Previously, “it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.” From this we can deduce that, Jesus, the Son of God, whom they say is Jehovah, is not the Supreme Being, under whom the priesthood is, in Mormon thought. According to Mormon theology, then, Jehovah is not God, but is only the perfect example of one of His priests. Is this true? Is Jehovah our priest?
The Mormon teaching here is not entirely wrong. The idea that Jesus is such a priest is true, yet is Jehovah? Concerning this priesthood, the Scriptures say: “A man does not take this honor of his own accord, but he receives it only when he is called by God, just as Aaron was.” Paul then goes on to relate that “the Christ did not glorify himself by becoming a high priest, but was glorified by the One who said: “You are my son; today I have become your father.” As he also says in another place, “You are a priest forever in the manner of Melchizedek.”” – Hebrews 5:4-6
We have two leads to our question, Paul explicitly tells us that ‘the One who promised thusly’ is both God and the one who exalted Jesus. These passages that Paul cites are not hard to find. Paul first quotes from the “decree of Jehovah’: “You are my son; Today I have become your father.” (Psalm 2:7) Next, from Jehovah’s oath to ‘David’s Lord’: “Jehovah has sworn an oath, and he will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever [i]n the manner of Melchizedek!” Ask yourself, “Who is speaking and who is being addressed?”
If the answer to who is speaking is Jehovah, then can Jehovah be the one addressed? If Jehovah is not the one addressed, can he be the high priest? Psalm 110:1 says: “Jehovah says to my Lord,” so Jehovah is not speaking to himself, but to another. Jehovah is the one bestowing, not the one taking the honor of the priesthood. If this is so, would he not be the Most High? This is what Abraham, the father of all those having faith, thought. He said: “I raise my hand in an oath to Jehovah the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth.” – Genesis 14:22
“[M]en swear by someone greater,” says Hebrews 6:16, a practice is not limited to men. For, Revelation 10:5,6 states: “The angel whom [John] saw standing on the sea and on the earth raised his right hand to heaven, and he swore by the One who lives forever and ever.” This, Isaiah 57:15, says is Jehovah. Who, does Jehovah swear by? “By myself,” answers Jehovah, “since he could not swear by anyone greater.” (Genesis 22:16; Hebrews 6:13) This makes sense if Jehovah is the Most High.
            Therefore, we have shown that Jesus is the High Priest and not Jehovah, and that Jehovah is the Most High and not “Heavenly Father.” This revelations overturns the Mormon doctrine about the modern Melchizedek Priesthood, which is their highest priesthood. Mormons say that Jesus is such a priest, but their concept of Jesus, who holds the real ‘priesthood in the manner of Melchizedek,’ is muddled and unscriptural, how, can their vital priesthood be any different? There is no way, thus every Mormon would benefit from carefully reflecting on this question: who would ordain such a priesthood, which tries to (but cannot) make its holders into “ministers of righteousness?[2]2 Corinthians 11:14,15

[1] If Jehovah is our priest, then “Heavenly Father” would be the Most High. But, if Jehovah is not our priest, then Heavenly Father would not be the Most High, since Jehovah would have to be and nowhere is “Heavenly Father” called Jehovah; “Heavenly Father” would be shown to be an imposter. Therefore, we will examine what the scriptures say about who our high priest is to unravel this issue and add further proof to the teaching that Jehovah is the Most High.

[2] This is not to state that Mormon priests intentionally pursue their worship wrongfully. This last reference is to impress the seriousness of the matter in no uncertain terms.

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