MARCH 3, 2007














As I met dear friends for lunch the other day, they greeted me with a loving and sincere “Happy Birthday!” I smiled and quickly responded that from now on I have no more birthdays. When one reaches my age this is understandable, but I assured them that this was actually something that the Lord had made real to my heart; it was a revelation.

There is a difference between knowing a truth and having a revelation. We may know a truth mentally and really believe it, but when that truth becomes “revelation” to our hearts and minds, it becomes part of who we are.

That very morning as I had been waiting on a direction from the Lord for my next writing, I heard very clearly, “You shall have no more birthdays.” Actually, my husband and I never really celebrated any of these things. We never did anything special for our wedding anniversaries or our birthdays; we felt that everyday held something special for us. So this was fine with me, but as I thought about it that morning, I realized that the Lord was speaking an important word to my heart.

The Lord was not saying that we should never count our years after the flesh or eat a piece of birthday cake, He was telling us that the time has come to set our minds on the truth of who we really are in Christ.

We are all familiar with the Scriptures that proclaim that in Christ we are a new creation. It says that because “He died for all, those who live should live no longer for themselves (in the old creation man) but for Him who died for them and rose again…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (II Cor. 5:15, 17)


If we truly believe this, we find that in Him we really have no more birthdays after the flesh. We do not need to count our years as the old creation in Adam; we need to see ourselves in the eternal Christ creation. We know that for this world, we identify ourselves in Adam, but in our hearts and minds, we know that our identity is in Christ. If we think of ourselves as sons of God then we must find our identity in Another. As I was pondering this, the Spirit brought me to Melchizedek.


It was during very turbulent times that Abram met up with this very mysterious and elusive king. Abram’s nephew Lot, along with his family, were living in Sodom and Gomorrah when these cities came under the attack and plunder of neighboring kings.

“They took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.” (Gen. 14:11-12) “Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan…So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.” (Gen. 14:14, 16)

Abram and his few servants wrought an amazing victory that day. It was on his way back from that battle that Abram met up with a King that had never been heard of before. “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies in your hand.” (Gen. 14:18-20)

Here Melchizedek is introduced as priest of the Most High God. It is as priest that he meets Abram and blesses him in the name of the Most High. He gives glory to the Most High and He also recognized Abram as one who had received God’s power to overcome all his enemies. He then blesses God for delivering Abram’s enemies into his hand.

David also mentions Melchizedek. As he is moved by the Spirit, he writes, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand till I make Your enemies Your footstool…The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Psa. 110:1, 4)

So it was when Abram and his three-hundred and eighteen armed servants fought and prevailed in a raging battle against the armies of five kings that he met up with this mysterious personality. Later it was when King David praised God for his victory over enemies more numerous and better armed than he was that the name Melchizedek came up again.

This lets us know that this King comes on the scene to impart a great reward to those who find the power of the Most High to prevail against enemies greater and mightier than they are. He then seals this with the communion of bread and wine.  It is because Jesus gives us the power to overcome all our enemies that we receive Him as our great reward. The powerful enemies that we fight are the results of our carnal sinful nature. The carnal mind, along with death and the grave are the last enemies to be conquered in the flesh.      


“He (Abram) divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.” It was God’s wisdom that directed Abram and his faithful servants. They were no match for the fierce armies that they faced. Yet they overcame and carried away the spoils. Abram also brought back Lot and his family who had been taken captive.

We have all faced the strength of the enemies that lurk in our carnal nature. We have all come face to face with the truth that only God can deliver us. Jesus overcame all of these and He gave us His same Spirit to call upon in the times of battle. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Take courage and take hold of His Spirit within, for He has fought this battle and prevailed.

It was after this meeting that God came to comfort Abram, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Gen.15:1) Abram would face many tests along the way, but when he passed this test, he received the promise of an exceeding great reward from Melchizedek.

We note that Melchizedek is not only a king but He also comes as the priest of the Most High God.  A priest is one who offers the sacrifices of the people to God. He is a mediator between a most holy God and the people. “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” (Mal. 2:7)

God gave Israel the Law and the Levitical priesthood as mediators. But those priests were mere men and had their limitations. They could only offer animal sacrifices for the people because they were themselves subject to sin and death, therefore the Law that God gave them could not impart eternal life.

The animal sacrifices that they offered provided only temporary atonement for themselves and for the people. It would take a better sacrifice, a better priesthood and a change in the Law to lift them out of the realm of sin and death. The only eternal High Priest with a better sacrifice is Jesus Christ our Lord. This is the priesthood to which we are called. The Lamb of God is the only sacrifice we offer for the people.     


Melchizedek introduced a higher order of priesthood. Because the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world, He could offer this greater and better sacrifice for Abram. He also gave him a blessing without equal. Then He sealed that meeting by sharing his bread and wine with him. This was the covenant in blood that Jesus instituted by breaking the bread as His flesh and the wine as His blood. 

When Jesus broke the bread, He said, “Take eat, this is my body.” And when He lifted up the cup of wine, He said, “this is my blood, drink all of it.” He was speaking of the new Covenant in His blood. Jesus said that this bread and wine are His body that is broken for us and He tells us to eat it. Through this, Jesus is speaking of the new body that is being formed in us as we partake of His living Word.                                             

The Word made flesh in us is much more than just the understanding of words from the pages of a book or the words that we hear. The Word made flesh has the power to transform our lowly bodies into His body of glory. This is the power that is working in us.

When Paul spoke of the communion, he said, often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” (I Cor. 11: 26) He is fully come when His body is fully formed in us. Then we no longer need symbols to remember that He died and gave His body for this. After His body of glory is fully come in us, there is no longer any need of symbols.

Jesus made this powerful statement, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6: 53)  The bread and the wine speak loud and clear of the new eternal bodies that God has prepared for us.

This is the true meaning of the communion. By it, we affirm the teaching of our Lord and symbolically we partake of His flesh and His blood. This means that we enter into covenant with Him. Our part is to eat His flesh (living Word) and in return He gives us His body.


We must be baptized in the Holy Spirit for it is then that we understand the language of the Spirit. It is one thing to read the Bible and to know the word mentally, but that is still the dead letter. It is God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within who opens our understanding to the Word.  To have life we must receive the living Word through the Holy Spirit in us.

When we first repent and come to Him, God’s Spirit makes His abode in us. But we still have to yield and be immersed in Him so that our ears are   opened and we hear His voice.

The Holy Spirit is the Living Word in us. He is the flesh and the blood that we partake of as we keep our part of this blood covenant. In return, He gives us new life including a new body like His body of glory.

When Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, they were distraught. How would they ever continue without Him? So He promised them another “Helper” or “Comforter.” The Word used is from the Greek “Parakletos” that also means an “intercessor” or an “advocate.”

The Holy Spirit is truly all of these things and more. He not only comforts and consoles but He also leads us into truth. He works to change our minds and directs us into the right path. He intercedes for us and makes us fit to partake of this covenant.

Paul made this point, “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.” (I Cor. 11:29-30)

If we partake of the bread and wine “unworthily,” it profits nothing. In other words we could be “unfit” to enter into this covenant. We know that all our works are as filthy rags so what can make us fit to enter? It is by yielding ourselves daily to God’s Spirit that we become fit to eat His flesh and drink His blood. God’s Spirit knows our needs, He knows our shortcomings, He knows our frames and He knows that we are dust so He deals with us in a personal way daily. This makes us fit to approach our Father. The Holy Spirit is our advocate and our intercessor; He is our covering.

I remember when I took the test to become a citizen of this country. I had not been informed that there were classes available to prepare me for that test. I had been told that I would be asked history questions so I had read about that in my French Encyclopedia.

On that morning, I was whisked into the office of the agent from the Immigration and Naturalization Bureau. He was a big man sitting behind a huge desk with one leg propped on it. I was a very young mother, not quite a hundred pounds, and he was extremely intimidating to me. After I wrote and signed my name, he began asking the questions. He first asked me to name the original thirteen colonies. Thank God, I had memorized them!

Then he asked about the government. How many branches and who made the laws. I told him that the people made the laws. He looked at me puzzled and I told him the laws were of the people, for the people and by the people! He asked me what is the highest court in the United States, and I failed to answer that.

Altogether, I failed to answer three questions, and I did not know if I had answered the rest of them correctly. He asked me if I had been to classes for this test and I told him I did not know there were classes; I was certain that I had failed the test. It was several weeks before I heard anything more from them.

Finally, I received a letter requesting me to be at the Court House on a certain day to be sworn in for citizenship! It would be on November 17, 1948. It was my son’s first birthday! I could never forget.

The courtroom was buzzing with happy people all dressed up and waiting with anticipation for the proceedings to begin. Several of us were led to a seat in the jury box (there was no jury on that day, but the courtroom was full).

The judge came in and we all stood.  The big tall man who gave me the test stood in the middle of the room; he faced the judge. It was later that we all repeated the oath together, but first this man introduced each one individually to the judge.

My turn came and he called my name. As I stood, he said to the judge, “Your honor, I would like to recommend this woman…” I was shocked! This man was giving me a recommendation… and I thought I had failed the test. He was my “Parakletos!” He was my comforter, my helper, my intercessor. He stood in front of the judge for me and gave me a high mark even though I did not deserve it!

This is what our Helper does for us. He deals with us daily and He stands for us in front of the Judge and gives us a high mark! He makes us worthy to partake of this covenant of bread and life! He is the One who sees us through each battle and urges us to go on! He is our Husband, our Friend, our Helper every step of the way. 

The Holy Spirit opens our ears and our understanding. He speaks in a language that we can comprehend. He sometimes chastises and disciplines us, but He loves us and never leaves us. He is the only One sent to convict us of our sinful nature. He cleanses us and washes us daily through the Word. When we yield to the baptism in the Spirit, we open the door to Him that He may be free to do all these things in us.

We may hear the Word from a preacher or read it in a book, but it is only when the Holy Spirit within makes it revelation to us that it is made flesh and life in us.

It is when we hear His daily Living Word and follow Him that His Word is formed in us. The Word is the seed that begets this new creation body. having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever…” (I Pet. 1:23)

The Living Word of God does not conform to our earthly fleshly nature. The living Word begets a new nature within us.  To each seed is given its own body and this newborn nature in us receives a new body according to its eternal nature. The bread and wine that we partake of in communion represents the new body that is formed in us as we partake of His daily Living Word.

This means that although reading and studying the Bible is a very good thing to do, it is not the written Word that gives life. It is only the Living Word that His Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts daily that gives life.

This is why Jesus told the Pharisees of His day, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)

This is what happens to many dedicated Christians today. They love to study the Bible, but they deny the Holy Spirit who speaks to their hearts. They fail to yield to His Word spoken daily from within.


At the time of Abram, the Law had not yet been given and there was no Levitical priesthood; it was later that God gave the Law to Moses and called the Levites to the priesthood with Aaron as High Priest.

So who is this man who called Himself the Priest of the Most High God? Who is this priest who offered bread and wine to Abram and to whom Abram gave a tenth of all the spoil?    

The writer of the Book of Hebrews declares, “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated ‘king of righteousness,’ and then king of Salem, meaning ‘king of peace,’ 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.

Now consider how great this man, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.” (Heb.7: 1-4)

It is not until we read these New Testament verses that we learn more about Melchizedek. Here we are told that Melchizedek who met Abram was a man, but he was no ordinary man. “Consider how great this man!” In addition, He was Priest of the Most High God and a man who could minister to men. This confirms what some scholars conclude, “Melchizedek was an appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who took upon Himself the form of a servant but who is High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.”

We know that God’s priests are ordained to connect men to God; the Levitical priesthood was a God-given blessing to Israel. Most people were illiterate in those days, the priests were the ones who read the law to them and who offered animal sacrifices to atone for their sins.

These are the kind of sacrifices that literal Israel wants to re-establish in the near future. Their plan is to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and re-instate the priesthood. But this priesthood can never change the hearts of men and it can never impart eternal life. It cannot offer a covenant with bread and life. Perfection comes through the Lord Jesus Christ; it can never come through the Levitical priesthood.

So we read, “And it is yet more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For he testifies: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” (Heb.7: 15-19)

Men have set up priests after their religious orders. There are Buddhist priests and Egypt has its own order of priests. There are Roman Catholic priests as well as Greek Orthodox priests and some who wear backward collars in Protestant denominations among others. The commandment that God gave to Israel had weaknesses and did not profit them; it could not give them life. The Levitical priests were subject to sin and death themselves and therefore even their best sacrifices could not lift the people above it.

But there is a nation of Kings and Priests called of God in Christ. It is the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. The High Priest of this order is our Lord Jesus Christ and He leads us by His Holy Spirit who abides in us. To Him and to none other, we pay homage and honor. This order does not need buildings and altars of stone. And it does not need written laws, for the Living Word of His Holy Spirit writes the Law in our hearts and minds.

This is a spiritual priesthood offering sacrifices of praise, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Heb.13: 15)

This sacrifice is continual. This means that it is not only by singing praises together in meetings that we offer this sacrifice, but it is when we offer the constant good attitude of our hearts and lips unto Him during the good and hard times.

It is a sacrifice because it is offered when we feel good and also when we hurt.  During good times and during hard times we offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving unto our God. It is a must in the lives of those called to this order.

This order of Melchizedek is one of the great mysteries of the Bible; it is only revealed by God’s Holy Spirit. There is not much written about it, yet it is a powerful subject because when we uncover its mystery we also discover the qualities of the priesthood of the sons of God and we find our true identity and purpose in Christ.


When the writer of the book of Hebrews explained about the order of Melchizedek, he said “of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” (Heb. 5:11-12)

The writer-teacher of these verses seems frustrated with the hearers. So much was being revealed to him about Melchizedek yet he knew that they could not understand. It is certain that it just was not the time for it to be fully revealed, but now as the hour of the full revelation of Christ nears, we are catching glimpses of what this priesthood really means to us.

It is true that most of Christianity has patterned itself after Old Testament Law. It is when we understand the priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ that we find that it is not at all like the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament. For one thing, “It is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning the priesthood.” (Heb. 7:14)

But the most significant difference is that His priesthood draws its power from an endless life. This means that its priests have eternal life and that it is an eternal priesthood that will never pass away.

The Levitical priesthood and the Law were a God-given blessing to this new nation who needed structure to govern its people. By the same token, the order of Melchizedek is given to us to order our lives and to teach us the ways of God. Today, we all know how to read and write and we may even know several languages, yet the language of the Spirit is all new to us and He is the only One who can teach it to us.

The priests of this order are being prepared. They are those who are maturing into the image of Christ and receiving the power of His endless life. They will minister His eternal riches and glory throughout the ages to come.  This power is not given to minister to spirit beings or to the angels in heaven; it is given to minister to men. This means that there will be an endless stream of people who will need to know God and to receive this ministry of life.

The power of an endless life is the power of the Living Word of God. It is the power of the Word made flesh, spoken into the earth. Jesus declared, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)  The word made flesh will never pass away. It has the power to give birth to this new creation with bodies of glory as His own. The power of an endless life, imparts life eternal.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” (Phil. 3:20-21)

We belong to the realm of spirit (heaven). It is only from that position that we experience the working of the Spirit who is transforming our lowly or earthly bodies into the same body of glory that Jesus received in resurrection.

In His Son, God has brought about all the necessary ingredients to bring about this priesthood with the power of an endless life. Jesus is the High Priest of this order, and the sons are the priests who receive that same glory.


It is also the writer-teacher of Hebrews that urges us, “Therefore leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrines of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.” (Heb. 6:1-3)

Then the teacher declares that “…if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? (Heb. 7:11)

Christians have applied the rules and regulations of the Old Testament to themselves. This is good because it is the Law that brings us to Christ. However, when He comes to us, we must leave behind the old rules and yield ourselves to His Holy Spirit.

This is why we are told that in order to go on to perfection we must leave behind the discussion of the first elements of our spiritual growth and move on to something totally new.

Today, Christians struggle against powers who would remove the Ten Commandments from our land. This is good, but how many would dare to promote the living Word that the Lord speaks to us by His Spirit? People love law, yet the written law cannot make perfect. It is the Law written upon the hearts that makes perfect.

When the rich young ruler asked Jesus about eternal life, He told Him to keep the commandments. But He added, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow Me. (Matt.19: 21) If one could always keep the Law without fail, he would do well, but to come to the image of Jesus, one must follow Him and to follow Him we must follow the Holy Spirit.

The focus for now is, “If you want to be perfect, follow Me.” Leave all your old ways behind, all your accumulated knowledge and wisdom, and follow the Living Word that the Spirit speaks daily.  Jesus said that this is the way He would speak to us and be our intercessor to bring us to His likeness and image.

Our Father has set a path before us and this we must follow. The path’s name is Jesus; He is the way, the truth and the life. When the writer to the Hebrews wrote that we leave behind doctrines of baptisms among other things, he did not mean that these things were no longer part of our lives. He meant that there was a better way to continue.

For example, we no longer recite the tables of multiplication that we learned in school, but the principle is the base for all of our calculations. We no longer need to follow the written Law for the spirit of the Law is contained in every personal word that the Spirit speaks to us.


John greets the seven churches in this way, “Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:4b- 5)

In the Old Testament order, there were priests and there was a king; these were two separate offices. The king’s word was absolute; no one could change it. This is why evil kings could use their authority over the priests and sometimes put them to death. Priests offered sacrifices to God for the people, but kings could not offer sacrifices. When Samuel was delayed, King Saul offered the sacrifices himself. For this offense, God rejected him.

Jesus Christ is High Priest of a new eternal order; He is a King and a Priest. We are His ‘royal priesthood for He has “made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10)

The dictionary defines a “reign” as a sovereign rule. It speaks of the absolute authority of a king. Our Lord is King of kings and we are the kings under Him. We are kings and priests after the order of Melchizedek. This means that we not only intercede for the people but we can speak God’s word with absolute power.

The writer to the Hebrews unveils a thrilling revelation about the power of this priesthood. Remembering that these priests have the absolute authority of a king, and that they are backed by the power of an endless life, we read, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession.” (Heb. 7:25)

By this we know that there are no limits to the saving power of this priestly order.  Our High Priest Jesus has offered His blood sacrifice for all and God has accepted it once for all. It is evident that one cannot be saved unless one comes to God through Him. But because this High Priesthood continues forever, He is able to make intercession for them to the uttermost.

The amplified version defines “uttermost” this way, “But He holds His priesthood unchangeably because He lives forever. Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost-completely, perfectly, finally and for all time and eternity- those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” (Heb. 7:24-25)

The longer one waits to come to Him, the more he suffers, but when he finally comes the same sacrifice saves to the uttermost. This is why the sons of God, who are priests after this order, will bring deliverance from sin and death to creation in the ages to come. This is an everlasting priesthood.

The world has priests called of men trying to minister the things of God. But the world has not yet seen the full power of the kingly priesthood at work. This is what we are being prepared for. Jesus Christ is the High Priest who saves to the uttermost.  


The time is upon us to rid ourselves of all extra baggage. Many of us have heard the Lord say, “Simplify.”  We are finding ourselves laying aside the things that kept us from moving on in the Spirit, including our religious works, as we join the ranks of that great cloud of witnesses. When Jesus said that He was going to His Father to prepare a place for us, He meant that He was going to lift us up into a higher form of life.

Our genealogy has changed, now we have no father or mother and no more birthdays!  We have had fathers and mothers in the past, but with each rebirth our ancestral tree has changed. We are now rooted in the tree of eternal life.

Certainly, we give the honor due to the mothers and fathers that brought us into this world. And we have had spiritual fathers and mothers who have nurtured us along the way. Even the denominations that we have left behind had been mothers to us at one time.

Paul also writes about, ...the Jerusalem above who is free and is the mother of us all.” So we have had mothers and fathers who have brought us on the way. But as kings and priests unto our God, we have no fathers and no mothers. We enter into a realm of no beginning and no end.

This is why so many of us find ourselves in a solitary place. As our hearts are made free from worldly affections and forms of worship, we have no need to be entertained by any of these things.

We give honor where honor is due but our joy is in the quietness of the Spirit. This is what God’s faithful Holy Spirit has brought us to, and it is good. It is with a grateful heart that we praise Him for bringing us to this peaceful place of His rest. Amen!

Because of His love,

































MELCHIZEDEK – MSG. No. 168 [Jackie Caporaso] 3-3-07          1


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