Will You Accept the Gift?
Hebrews Chapter Five
Hebrews chapter seven is known for being the chapter about Jesus being our high priest. However, that theme is found in previous chapters, including chapter five. Jesus being our high priest is one of the main themes of Hebrews. God appointed Jesus to be our high priest. Verse one shows us that the purpose of a high priest is “to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.” Jesus being our high priest acts on our behalf in relation to God. He is our mediator between us and God. Jesus being our high priest also offers a sacrifice for our sins. A normal high priest like Aaron needs to offer sacrifices for his own sins and the sins of others. However, Jesus had no need to offer a sacrifice for himself because he was sinless. Rather, he offered himself up to be our permanent sacrifice for sins. That is a sign of a high priest who loves us dearly.
One would think that since Jesus was perfect that he would not suffer. However, Jesus “learned obedience through what he suffered,” (Heb 5:8). Jesus truly did suffer when he was here on this earth. Two examples that come to my mind are when Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died and when Jesus sweat tears of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane before he was crucified. It’s through experiences like this that Jesus learned obedience. It’s through experiences like this that we too can learn obedience. It’s often through the most difficult times in life that people draw closer to God. Job is a great example of this, as he lost nearly everything he had in one day. However, he responded by worshipping and praising God. He was brought closer to God and learned obedience through his suffering.
In verse nine, we see that “being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” Jesus truly was made perfect, and he was sinless. He was the last person in the world who should have had to suffer on the cross. However, because of his and our Heavenly Father’s great love, he did die and suffer on the cross. Through his suffering on the cross, he became the source of eternal salvation! Jesus paid our way to go to the Kingdom! All we have to do is accept the free gift of God of eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to accept that free gift. Verse nine states that Jesus is “the source of eternal salvation to all WHO OBEY HIM.” To accept the free gift of eternal life, we must obey Jesus. We accept the gift through obedience and faith. Similar to what we talked about yesterday, don’t belittle the consequences and meaning of sin because eternal salvation is granted to those who obey Jesus, not those who disobey.
Similar to the chapter break between chapters three and four, the chapter break between chapters five and six is an awkward break. At the conclusion of chapter five, the author of Hebrews is talking about the difference between elementary and mature doctrines, and he continues the talk in chapter six. The author compares the elementary and mature doctrines to milk and solid food. A baby needs milk, and adults eat meat. New Christians focus on the elementary doctrines, whereas the mature Christians should focus on the more mature doctrines. Since it’s a weird chapter break, I also want to sneak peek to verse one as well. Hebrews 6:1 states, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” Throughout the first six chapters of Hebrews we have seen some good proof to suggest that the Trinity may be false. This is good proof as well. Many people who claim they believe in the Trinity cannot even explain the Trinity themselves because it is so confusing and complex. They have to use extra biblical illustrations to describe the Trinity. The Trinity is anything but an elementary doctrine. It is one of, if not the most, complicated doctrines out there. However, the author of Hebrews states that the doctrine of Christ is supposed to be elementary. Jesus being the Son of God does sound like an elementary doctrine to me, not the Trinity. This is just some food for thought (pun intended).
I hope you have a great day!
In Christian love,