The Bible is a fascinating book with many layers of Truth. The more you study it, the deeper you go, the more layers of truth you will uncover. For example, let’s look at the incarnation…God the Son becoming flesh. A beautiful and extraordinary truth, but as we study the incarnation we discover deeper truths that can impact our life in a powerful way.
Jesus has always been the second member of the Trinity; God the Son. As part of the Trinity He is co-equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. There is no subordination in the Trinity; only different roles and functions. The One God exists as three persons.
However, when Jesus came to the earth to die on our behalf, (incarnation – God becoming flesh) He voluntarily submitted Himself to God the Father. As you read the New Testament, you discover that now the term “Son of God” begins to appear. In other words, God the Son, became the Son of God. God the Son willingly added humanity to His deity and in so doing he needed to surrender Himself to His Father and become obedient to His Father’s will in all things.
As God the Son He is and always will be omniscient (all knowing) as God the Son He is coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But then we find this fascinating verse in Hebrews 5:8
“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered”
That verse blows my mind; it is so meaningful to us in our spiritual journey. The all wise, all knowing God the Son surrendered Himself in obedience to God the Father and learned obedience through suffering. He had never known subordination or obedience before because of the coequal nature of the Godhead, yet as the Son of God He humbled Himself for us and He endured suffering. The Son of God learned to be obedient to His Father through all the things He suffered. Wow! That is truly amazing!
What does it mean to us? It changes our experience entirely. Jesus is our example and our great role model. We are to conform to His image; we are becoming like Him. And here we understand that our suffering has purpose. That purpose, just like Jesus, is to learn obedience and submission to the Father in all things.
God the Son humbled Himself and became the Son of God – so that we could be saved. As we submit ourselves to the will of the Father and endure our times of testing and suffering as a valued child of God, then not only do we grow and change, but our example has tremendous influence on the people around us, who see Jesus in us.
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace!
Have a great week