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Monday, March 7, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 5 (Part Fourteen)

Was Jesus Perfect?
            Jesus was created perfect, but that did not mean he was already suited to be the High Priest. He was perfect as a sacrifice, for, as 1 Peter 1:19 shows, he was without blemish; however, even then, he was not suitable for being our offering until he became the Messiah. Nor, was he suitable as Messiah until he became man.
            The skeptic does not argue concerning those points, but his argument is made along using similar evidence. Arguing on the basis of Hebrews 7:26 (NWT), which says: “For it is fitting for us to have such a high priest who is loyal, innocent, undefiled, separated from the sinners, and exalted above the heavens,” and Hebrews 5:8,9 (NWT), which says: “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. And after he had been made perfect, he became responsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying him,” he asks, “So was Jesus Perfect when he came to earth or not?”
            It does not cross the mind that being a High Priest requires that Jesus be put to the test fully, that he become like his brothers in all respects. Yes, Jesus was created perfect, born a perfect human, perfect as the Messiah, but these things had to precede his appointment as our High Priest. Hebrews 2:17,18 (NWT), which the skeptic should be familiar with, says: “Consequently, he had to become like his “brothers” in all respects, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, in order to offer a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the people. Since he himself has suffered when being put to the test, he is able to come to the aid of those who are being put to the test.” What further explain do I need? Jesus was perfect in nature and action, which is what Hebrews 7:26 and 1 Peter 1:19 refer to, however, to say that Hebrew 5:8,9 contradict that is ignorant of what “perfection” is being referred to there.

1 comment:

  1. Someone suggested that I should change "suitable" in the above post, since it might lend itself to misunderstanding. In the meantime, while I think of a better word, I'll just add this note:
    By "suitable" I mean that Jesus couldn't have become the Messiah until, "the Word became flesh," and thereby became the son of David. It was not a flaw that he possessed that needed ironing out.

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