Perfection (Hebrews #5)

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Text: Hebrews 2:10

According to this verse, Jesus Christ is the Creator and purpose of all things.  We know he is sinless, but we learn that perfection is not sinlessness.  What is perfection?

Perfection is not the same as sinless

  • Dolphins PERFECT season in 1972.  Pitcher pitches a PERFECT game.  A PERFECT diamond is a technical trade description.
  • You might say God is perfect.  But God said there was something else needed to become a perfect savior.  God may be the perfect Creator.  God may be the perfect King, but he was not a perfect savior for mankind until he became a man Himself.
  • Perfect in that sense means the exact right fit for the job.
    • Noah is perfect in his generations.  Noah was a sinner, but he was the exact right fit for the job at hand.
    • Abraham was told to walk with God and be thou perfect.
  • God is without sin, but in the sense of being a sacrificial savior for mankind you just read that God was lacking experience.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    • Is God all powerful? Yes.  So how is God’s strength perfected in Paul’s weakness?
    • Because it needed to be put into a context where it could be highlighted.  To say God is strong is one thing, but to allow God’s strength to work in the context of your weakness, that’s perfecting His strength.

Perfection has a price

  • To make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
    • This perfection is not about the body apparently.  If the body has to suffer in order for perfection to take place, then this perfection is about the inside not the outside.
    • We will revisit this later.
  • Hebrews 5:8-9 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
    • God learned, as in experienced, some things as a man that He never experienced before.
    • Isaiah 53 …man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…
    • got tired, but God never gets tired – Matthew 8:24
    • got hungry, but God doesn’t get hungry – Matthew 21:18
    • got thirsty, but God doesn’t get thirsty – John 4:7
  • One mediator between God and man, THE MAN Christ Jesus
  • Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But 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.
  • Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • Jesus Christ made himself obedient
    • Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
    • It means he learned what obedience was like as a man. As God in heaven there was no one to obey, no one to be subject to, but he learned that obedience by the things he suffered.  Obedience is not doing things because you want to them.  Obedience is doing things because you are subject to the one telling you to do them.

Perfection is expected by God

  • The verse we are in here in Hebrews calls Jesus Christ the captain of salvation.  Now, if he’s the captain, then he’s the one leading the charge.  And if he’s your captain, that’s because you’re following Him.
    • You may say it’s not possible to be perfect.  According to the Bible not only is it possible, but it is expected by God.
    • We will never be sinless perfection in these old bodies, but there is a way God expects us to be perfect.
    • We pray that God would make us like him and when he begins to perfect us we complain.
  • Jesus Christ was perfected in suffering to help us.  Then we will have the same done to us for the sake of others.
    • 1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
  • Perfect is a word used pretty regularly by the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible to describe people.  God said, Be ye perfect
    • Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
    • 2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.