Learning Obedience

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb. 5:8).

The Bible is clear that Jesus has “all power … in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). So why would a being with all power need to learn obedience? It might have something with the salvation of mankind.

It was always necessary that a blood sacrifice be made for remission of sins (Heb. 9:22). Yet it was not possible that animal blood was sufficient to make that remission permanent (Heb. 10:4). Only the blood of the perfect Son of God could make lasting the redemption of mankind (1 Peter 1:18-19).

In order for that redemption to take place, Jesus had to leave His place by the Father’s side, come to this earth and live as a physical being in order that He might know how we feel (Heb. 4:15). Part of that human nature that Jesus had to know was obedience. Man has to obey the will of God in order to obtain salvation. Therefore Jesus “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Php. 2:7-8).

Obedience is not instinctive to man, it must be taught. Parents discipline their children, bosses discipline their employees, and God disciplines man all for the same reason; that obedience might be learned. In heaven, Jesus didn’t need to learn obedience to God since He is God (John 1:1; Php. 2:6). But to become the great High Priest and be able to make intercession for us, He needed to learn obedience as we do.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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