Joseph Smith Translation
As a man, he was "approved of God" and was ordained to the office of a high priest "after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch which was "after the order of the Son of God" "which order came of God". (vs 27, 28) It also says that he "was a man of faith" who "wrought righteousness". (vs 26)
The story of Melchizedek is given to us as an example of the power that comes through faith. All those who are endowed with this high priesthood "should have power, by faith:
- to break mountains
- to divide the seas
- to dry up waters
- to turn them out of their course
- to put at defiance the armies of nations
- to divide the earth
- to break every band
- to stand in the presence of God
- to do all things according to his will, according to his command
- subdue principalities and powers
and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world." (vs 30-31)
These verses of scriptures tell me that all men that hold this same priesthood have this same power given to them through their faith to do these things if it is the Lord's will. This was not just a one time deal with Melchizedek, but it can be the same for all those who are faithful and trust in God. And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven. (vs 32)
Joseph Smith in the First Lecture on Faith said:
13 As we receive by faith, all temporal blessings that we do receive, so we, in like manner, receive by faith all spiritual blessings, that we do receive. But faith is not only the principle of action, but of power, also, in all intelligent beings, whether in heaven, or on earth. Thus says the author of the epistle to the Hebrews. (11:3):
14 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God: so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
The Joseph Smith Translation describes the priesthood "as being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;" (vs 28). Joseph Smith also explains in the First Lecture of Faith that Faith, a principle of power is the "principle by which Jehovah works" and "existed in the bosom of God" which he used to create all things "by reason of faith, as it existed in HIM":
"15 By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power, existing in the Deity, that all created things exist—so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, exist by reason of faith, as it existed in HIM.
16 Had it not been for the principle of faith the worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust—it is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal, as well as eternal things.
As Melchizedek shows us, the power of Faith and the Power of the Priesthood go hand in hand.