Our Source of Salvation

And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him…

Hebrews 5:1-10

In our verses today, the author briefly describes the work of the old covenant priesthood. Having written about the priesthood, he now demonstrates how Jesus meets the requirements of the old covenant high priest. To add to this, Jesus is God incarnate and completely sinless, so, He is a greater High Priest than any that came before Him. Jesus had to come and do the work of a high priest in order to fill that office. He had to come and offer atonement on behalf of His people to the Father. Thus, He became incarnate and offered tears and supplications unto the Father, thereby learning, or fully experiencing, obedience through His vicarious suffering. Now, we are told that Jesus was “made perfect” through His suffering. Remember, “made perfect” means “to be set apart for an office.” An earlier verse describes Jesus’ full experience of obedience through suffering. The Son knew, in theory, what obedience under suffering would be like prior to the incarnation but did not know it in practice until He suffered. Also, He knew what the work of the High Priest would be like, in theory, prior to the incarnation, but He could not know it in practice until He was set apart, or until He was placed fully in that office through His suffering. Once Jesus assumed the role of High Priest, He “became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey.” This is an implicit warning to the audience of the letter because the author knew that some in his audience were not true believers and in danger of disobeying Christ and abandoning the new covenant completely. Here again, we are told that only those who obey Christ will inherit eternal salvation. Jesus will save only those who are obedient to Him in faith. He cannot be Savior without also being Lord, as some, today, claim. The author now tells us Christ was designated a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, a higher order of priest than the human priests of His day. God the Father, like He did with Christ, often uses suffering to set us apart for His work, even though we cannot always see how He is doing this while the suffering is taking place. Look back and consider how God has used your suffering to further the kingdom and ask Him to show you how He will use your present suffering to do the same.

Source: S C Ball March 26, 2024


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