Made Perfect through Suffering

Hebrews is on an amazing book! It is deep with theology and rich truth. One verse that caused me to stop and contemplate was Heb. 2: 10 which says,

“For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”

Jesus was made perfect through suffering. What does that mean? I thought he always was perfect because he is God the Son!

Notice the helpful words of the ESV Study Bible on this verse,

“In saying that Jesus was made perfect, the author is not suggesting that Jesus was sinful (cf. 4:15; 7:26) but that as he lived his life, his maturity and experience deepened, yet always with full obedience to the Father. As a human being, he needed to live his life and obey God (which he did perfectly) to become the perfect sacrifice for sins.”

So what this verse is telling us is that Jesus was always sinless, and yet as he matured and lived life in complete obedience to the Father, he became the perfect sacrifice for us when he suffered and died in our place. His final act of suffering fully qualified him for his role as Savior. Jesus was made the perfect founder of salvation through his suffering for us. He is the only one qualified to blaze the trail of our salvation!

As Barclay clarifies,

“The basic meaning of teleios (“perfect”) in the New Testament is always that the thing or person so described fully carries out the purpose for which designed. So, then, what the writer to the Hebrews is saying is that through suffering Jesus was made fully able for the task of being the pioneer of our salvation.”

Father, thank you for the profound truth contained in the book of Hebrews. The reality that Jesus became fully qualified to be our one and only sacrifice for sin. He was perfectly qualified to be my Savior because he suffered in place of me. Suffering for him was part of your plan to make him our substitute for sin. He was on a mission of life-long obedience. His final act of obedience was suffering. May I not lose sight of the cost of my salvation.

Following Jesus with you,

Jeff

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