Thursday, Dec. 15
There’s a related problem in Hebrews 2:10 and 5:7-10. The theme of Hebrews is how Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies concerning the Messiah. In these two passages Jesus is seen as becoming perfect and that he “learned obedince from what he suffered.” How can God become perfect? Isn’t he by very nature perfect? Is obedience something that God has to learn? The context shows that these passages in Hebrews are directly related to Jesus’ experience on the cross. One could simply attribute this to the human part of his incarnation, but a proper view of the dual nature presents a bit of a problem. A proper definition of the Greek word for “perfect” should help. It’s much broader than “being sinless.” It means “to bring to maturity” or to “fulfill or complete.” Jesus fulfilled the prophecies and completed his ministry. This not only explains the two passages in Hebrews but also Jesus’ statement “It is finished” in John 19:30.