Nobody wrote a rule book for God.

Hebrews 2.10 states the expectations that God placed upon himself. This is the God we love and serve.

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2.10).

When Rudy Ross and I were reading his passage for today’s YouTube video, we both stopped in amazement over the words, “It was fitting that God.”

No one wrote a rule book for God that demanded certain behavior from him. He wrote the book and set the standard for what is fitting or not.

God, “for whom and through whom all things exist,” demanded that the Pioneer of our salvation would suffer.

Moses was the best, but still an imperfect picture of a Pioneer for the people of God.

Jesus was the perfect pioneer who paves the way and sets the course for people to travel to the Promised Land.

If God were to ask me to say what was “fitting” for his Son, I’d eliminate suffering. I remember when I tried to escape a difficult task and God confronted me with the fact that I always look for the easy way out.

Not so with the Pioneer of our faith. Jesus suffered and it validated his perfect obedience to the Father.

While on vacation in California, my son-in-law followed me to a Carl’s Jr, the only restaurant open on Thanksgiving. I made sure that it was easy to follow the car I was driving. It was his responsibility to take the same route as I did.

Jesus is our Pioneer, who leads his children to glory. We can’t choose our own pathway and continue to follow him.

The Gospels serve as a map that allows us to follow Jesus. They present everything God wants us to know about Jesus’ attitudes, actions, and teaching.

When we use the Gospels in our daily prayers, they will help us listen to Jesus while we talk to him about what we have read.

This is the best way I know of how to follow the Pioneer of our faith.

Sanctified Sons and Daughters

To be sanctified is to be set apart for God’s services. Jesus has accomplished this for us.

For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters (Hebrews 2.11).

What or who is set apart for God’s services (sanctified) becomes holy.

Humans separate from the crowd to follow the Pioneer/Jesus to glory. The crucifixion, resurrection, and gift of the Holy Spirit enable us to be sanctified and to follow our Pioneer.

We are brothers and sisters, sons and daughters because Jesus has set us apart to be members of God’s family.

As we consider what Jesus has done for us, there are three truths we need to embrace.

(1) No outside force wrote a rule book that demanded God love humans to this great extent. God’s nature of love and grace is the reason why humans have the opportunity to be sons and daughters of God.

(2) God has one people, who began with the call of Abraham (Genesis 12) and continue to today.

People who faithfully followed the pioneer, Moses, were sons and daughters of God, just as people who have the greater opportunity as followers of the perfect Pioneer, Jesus.

(3) As sons and daughters of God, we follow Jesus. We discover his attitudes, actions, and teachings, so we can better follow him.

To be sanctified is to be set apart as followers of God, not the world’s system.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

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