Hebrews 5:9: Christ Was ‘Made Perfect’ – (More Clearly Translated And Explained).

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Brief Introduction

The aim of this explanation is to more clearly translate Hebrews 5:9 in order to demonstrate that Christ has always been sinless, and thus did not need to be made ‘perfect’.

To some the more popular translations may be communicating contrary to this.

This will also assist in better understanding the next verse, as it is chronological and in agreement with Isaiah 42:6, and 49:8 – in that after Christ finished here (died, and was raised from the dead = ‘given’), he became high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4), for the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31).

Begin

The verse typically reads as;

And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
Hebrews 5:9 ESV

However the better way to legally begin the verse is

‘And completing his course, he became the…’

This is because the word initially translated as ‘being made perfect’ has more literally and contextually valid definitions as per the Strong’s Greek Concordance;

5048. teleioó
‘Definition: to bring to an end, to complete…
Usage: (a) as a course, a race, or the like: I complete, finish…’

The verse now reads as follows, and is perhaps much more fitting as the verse after it speaks of him then becoming high priest, after fulfilling all commandments without sinning (Isaiah 53:9, Heb 4:15);

And completing his course, he became responsible for [G159., after he was ‘given’ for the new covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8)] eternal salvation unto all them that obey him [as mediator and high priest (1 Timothy 2:5, Psalm 110:4)]; called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedek [because he loved righteousness, hated wickedness (Psalm 45:7), and was thus declared such (Psalm 110:4)].
Hebrews 5:9‭-‬10 KJV (amended)

This all agrees with other verses that agree Christ had no sin, and attest to his character thus;

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8 KJV

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 NASB2020

Hoping it is fruitful.

May G-d bless in Christ (Messiah).


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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

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