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Learning Obedience.

Learning Obedience.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D.


"Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers
and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was
able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared:
" 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." — Heb. 5: 7-9.
BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D.


"Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers
and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was
able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared:
" 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." — Heb. 5: 7-9.

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LEARNING OBEDIENCE. BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D."Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared: " 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." — Heb. 5: 7-9. THIS Scripture may contain one or two things that seem to be a little difficult. We are taught here that Jesus learned obedience by the things which He suffered, and we are also taught that by His sufferings and obedience He was made perfect ; and that being made perfect, He was fitted to be the author of salva-tion to all who obey Him. The question comes : Was not Christ divine and per-fect and complete from the beginning ? Did He need suffering in order to teach Him obedience ? Did He need obedience in order to make Him perfect ? There seems to be implied in this language that Jesus was very imperfect, and that there was in Him a liability to diso-bedience, etc. Now I do not believe the Scripture
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teaches this. When the Lord explains a Scripture to 200 LOVE ABOUNDING. me which contains something that people stumble over, I just delight to take that Scripture, to untangle the knot, by the help of God, and make that very Scripture that seemed to be a barrier to spiritual life, a stepping-stone to our own faith and experience. I want to explain this Scripture : first in reference to Jesus, and secondly in reference to ourselves. Learning obedience through suffering ! Jesus did not have to suffer in order to get an obedient heart. Jesus had it by nature, or by inheritance ; by His own nature, for it was pure and holy. He did not inherit depravity as others do. He did not have the carnal mind within Him. Jesus brought into this world with Him the essence, the spirit, of perfect obedience. He was born in an atmosphere of perfect obedience. The trend and drift and constitution and bias of His whole will and heart was in the line of obedience. There was never one atom of rebellion, there never was one scintilla of disobedience, in the outward or in the inner life. He
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never did one single thing, and He never had a disposi-tion to do a single thing, to displease God. Every breath He drew and every act He performed and every outgoing of His heart pleased God. How can I assert all that? Because God the Father asserts it. " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." How can we take that broad statement and reconcile it with this Scripture, " He learned obedience LEARNING OBEDIENCE. 201 by the things which he suffered"? I answer, that in obeying the Father, the principle of obedience which He possessed in His nature had to be brought out and unfolded day by day and year by year, and the principle of obedience had to have ten thousand forms of applica-tion. And He as a man — for He was perfect man and perfect God — had to learn like any other man has to learn ; as a child, as an infant, as a little boy He had to learn. When He stayed behind His father and mother in Jerusalem with the doctors and the lawyers, His whole
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