11/05/2010

Jesus Obeyed First, We Obey Next (Heb. 5:8,9)

Draw Near the Throne of Grace with Confidence (Heb. 4:16-5:10). Nobody likes to feel that he has to prove something to others, or prove anything to anyone. But Jesus, though He is God, subjected himself to all the limitations of the flesh as our high priest (Heb. 4:14,15; 5:4-6). He willingly choose to "prove" by his tearful prayers (Heb. 5:7), sufferings and obedience in human flesh culminating in the cross, in order to pave the way for our salvation (Heb. 5:8,9). Only because of what Jesus has done, are we able to come to him with confidence (Heb. 4:16). Only because Jesus obeyed unto death, are we able to obey (Heb. 5:9).

Spiritual Immaturity (5:11-14). The Christians were weak and in danger of apostasy because they were immature. The maturity needed to understand Jesus' priestly sacrifice is not intellectual sophistication, but spiritual discernment arising from consistent obedience to God's will (Phil. 1:9-11).


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