Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


“He learned obedience” Hebrews 1-14

“He learned obedience” Hebrews 1-14


1. The problem of Disobedience

a) It is an ancient problem

b) It is a grave and deadly problem

2. Notable examples of Disobedience

a) Adam and Eve Genesis 2-3

b) King Saul 1 Samuel 15

3. The Challenge of Obedience

a) This was a challenge for the Lord Jesus too

b) It is important to know how He learned obedience



5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

1. The Lord Jesus is equal to God

a) In His Being

b) From eternity

2. The Lord Jesus took on the form of man

a) He made himself of no reputation

i) He did not seek fame

ii) He did not seek to promote His own name

b) He took upon the role of a bondservant

i) The word “bondservant” means “slave”

ii) He became a humble servant of God

c) As a bondservant

i) He learned to obey

ii) He obeyed God in everything

iii) He was willing to obey, even if it meant dying on the Cross!



5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.”

6 As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”;

7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to

Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,

8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”

11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. Hebrews 5:5-11

1. He learned obedience by the things which He suffered

2. What were the things He had to suffer?

a) Hunger Luke 4:1-13

i) Fasting

ii) Obedience to God and His Word

b) Rejection Luke 4:16-30

i) Nazareth rejected the Lord Jesus

ii) The people wanted to kill Him

c) His Trials John 19

i) Annas

ii) Caiaphas

iii) Pontius Pilate



5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another,

and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

8 Be [c]sober, be [d]vigilant; [e]because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:5-11

1. Practise submission

2. Resist the Devil courageously

3. Suffering is part of God’s plan

a) To perfect us (to mature us)

b) To establish us

c) To strengthen us

d) To settle us (fully grounded)