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King of Righteousness

The Hebrew writer compares Christ to Melchizedek, the ancient priest identified in Genesis 14.  Melchizedek is the King of Righteousness and the King of Salem, which is the King of Peace.

In the field of mathematics there are certain basic truths called axioms.  An axiom is a truth so basic that it cannot be derived from anything else.  It’s a truth that stands alone, isn’t supported by other truths, and serves as the starting point for other truths.  For example, Euclid stated that it’s possible to draw a straight line from any point to another point.  This is true yet can’t be derived from some other truth.  It is what some call a brute fact.

For the Christian, the righteousness of God is the most basic statement of all that is right.  Whatever conforms to the character of Christ is right, and whatever contradicts it is wrong.  We don’t derive this from more basic principles because there is nothing more basic than God.  Without him was not anything made that was made.  (Jn 1:3)  God isn’t declared righteous by some third party that judges him against a preexisting law and credits him with reaching the standard.  Rather, God is the standard, and the law is just an expression of what he is like.  He isn’t just a righteous individual.  He is the King of Righteousness.

If there’s any essential ingredient missing from the human condition, righteousness is it.  Try to imagine a world where everyone just did what was right, and you’ll be imagining heaven and the eternal state.

Kings have authority to grant things within their kingdom.  Jesus told his disciples, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  (Luke 12:32)  Note: this is not half the kingdom, like Herod giddy with lust over a belly dancer.   This is the entire scope of his kingdom — good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, and he who overcomes will inherit all things.  Among the chief treasures of God’s kingdom is righteousness, and that is granted to us by his grace, given freely, abundantly, overflowing to his children.  Happy are the ones who hunger and thirst for it, for they will be filled.

One Comment

  1. William007

    Great thoughts! Yet, I wonder if most, even within Christendom, think in terms of right and wrong these days. It seems more like the times when scripture says in Judges 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. ” Funny thing, it seems the world “holiness” is a dirty word, in these times. Yet, doesn’t the word of God tell us…”holiness without, no man shall see the Lord”?

    Yes, the bible is clear…”there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. We need to be sure that we understand what is right in God’s view. We cannot follow our internal moral compass because “all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”. We must trust in God’s truth, his righteousness to guide us and we get that from a continual and thorough study of his word. Without it, we are all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.

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