Christ Qualified As A High Priest
Michael Woody | Hebrews 5:6–11
We could sum all of this up in the reasons the author believes in Solus Christus. Why you and I must believe in Christ alone. Who else qualified Himself like Christ did?
Why This Text?
- In our last message we looked at Hebrews 5:1-6 and we summed those as Christ Appointed as a High Priest.
- Jesus, the second Person of the Godhead, was ordained and called to be your High Priest.
- He is a compassionate High Priest, he doesn’t struggle to forgive you, He died to take away your sins by His atoning work and He has imputed to you His righteousness.
- He is a better priest than the Aaronic priesthood for He needs not make sacrifice for Himself before making sacrifice for you.
- He is a better priest than the Aaronic priesthood because He is an eternal priest .
- Two qualifications are requisite for any high priest, even Christ; (a) his divine appointment and (b) his ability to sympathize with his people.
The Setting of Christ’s Qualification
- This statement, in the days of His flesh is a reference to His incarnation, it speaks back to the necessity of His incarnation and His taking on Himself all that man is, yet without sin.
- We know from elsewhere in this book that we have a High Priest who is our brother , made like us, in every respect.
He offered up prayers and supplications (v. 7)
- Most speculate this is a reference to Gethsemane .
- Some suggest that Jesus was praying that He might be saved from the cross; I would not believe such because He stated over and over that the cross was His goal and His end.
- In our text it says that He prayed that He might be saved from death and that he was heard because of His godly fear. NOTE: The intent of this text is not to label what this refers to but to insist that Jesus has been qualified for his high-priestly service by his agony and tears, his supplication and suffering, throughout which his trust in God never failed.
- The Early Church understood both Psalm 22 and Psalm 116 to refer to Christ – they were Messianic in nature.
- What is important about this text is that the cup was not removed qualifies him all the more to sympathize with his people, the High Priest must be able to sympathize with His people.
He learned obedience (v. 8)
- The phrase “Though he was a Son,” followed by the AV, NKJV, and some others fails to bring out the force of the clause.
- He has been arguing that this is not any ordinary son – this is the Son of God.
- This word, learn, means to learn from experience , often with the implication of reflection .
- Louw and Nida translate this, “but even though he was (God’s) Son, he learned to be obedient by means of his suffering”
- The next question we should have is in what sense did the Son of God learn obedience by what he suffered ?
- The sufferings which Jesus endured were the necessary price of His obedience, there were the very means by which He fulfilled the will of Father.
- To accomplish this He associated himself publicly with sinners.
– He was “numbered with the transgressors” on the cross .
He became the author of eternal salvation (v. 9-10)
- These two verses are the hammer – the author has shown us that our High Priest is able to sympathize with His people, and that He knew the implications of His obedience to the Father’s will that would lead to His death. He obediently died for our sins and then the Godhead rewarded him by resurrecting Him from death.
- The word perfect means to complete or finish
- Bruce notes, “the essence of the perfection which our author has in mind consists in the twofold fact that by his suffering and death Christ (a) became to all who obey him “the source of eternal salvation” and (b) was “acclaimed by God as high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
- The statement eternal salvation echoes back the words in Isaiah 45:17.
- In contrast to the teaching of the day of cheap grace we read these words, to all who obey Him.