When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with preaching the message and solemnly testified to the Jews that the Messiah is Jesus.
This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught the things about Jesus accurately, although he knew only John's baptism.
But Saul grew more capable, and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this One is the Messiah.
explaining and showing that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead, and saying: "This is the Messiah, Jesus, whom I am proclaiming to you."
Since I have obtained help that comes from God, to this day I stand and testify to both small and great, saying nothing else than what the prophets and Moses said would take place--
that the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles."
Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
Then He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-- that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."
For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
For this Melchizedek-- King of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham and blessed him as he returned from defeating the kings,
and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything; first, his name means "king of righteousness," then also, "king of Salem," meaning "king of peace";
without father, mother, or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God-- remains a priest forever.
Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the plunder!
The sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment according to the law to collect a tenth from the people-- that is, from their brothers-- though they have [also] descended from Abraham.
But one without this lineage collected tithes from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises.
Without a doubt, the inferior is blessed by the superior.
In the one case, men who will die receive tithes; but in the other case, [Scripture] testifies that he lives.
And in a sense Levi himself, who receives tithes, has paid tithes through Abraham,
for he was still within his forefather when Melchizedek met him.
You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me.