Hebrews 5 Outline
– Jesus Christ is our high priest (Hebrews 5:1-10)
– Growing into spiritual maturity (Hebrews 5:11-14)
Hebrews 5 Bible Study
In Hebrews 5:1-3, the job of the high priest is to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. Besides, the high priest is also responsible of teaching God’s commandments to the people. Since the high priest is also subjected to weakness, he is able to minister the atonement with a loving heart. Similarly, pastors are not perfect and they are sinners as well, just like us. Pastors have the responsibilities to shepherd God’s people by preaching the truth and feeding their souls with God’s words. There is no need to go through any priest or pastor to talk to God or ask for his forgiveness. We already have a great high priest, Jesus Christ, who acts as a mediator between God and men. If you want to talk to God, you don’t have to go to a church, or kneel down before a statue or pray to Mary or to the saints or angels, you can pray directly to God at any place and at any time.
In Hebrews 5:4-6, every priest is called by God, just like Aaron. Jesus Christ was not ordained as a high priest by himself. Jesus Christ was called by God to be our high priest because he qualified. He was declared as God’s son (Matthew 3:17) and a priest forever (Psalm 110:4).
In Hebrews 5:7-10, Jesus Christ learned obedience through his sufferings. It doesn’t mean that a Christian will not suffer and have problem. Christians also will face problems. In Romans 5:3-5, And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. In John 16:33, these things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey and do God’s commandments.
In Hebrews 5:11-14, a person who just converted into a Christian is considered a new born Christian. Every Christian must grow into spiritual maturity. Once you grow into spiritual maturity, you will no longer need milk but eat solid food, just like a grown up adult. To grow into spiritual maturity, you must spend time with God such as read bible, pray, and worship. You must take part in some services and serve God at the church. You must love and be kind to other people including your enemies because the most important commandment in the bible to love others as much as yourself (Matthew 22:34-40).