Heb. 5:8-9 – Was Jesus imperfect or incomplete?

Problem: The author of Hebrews states that Jesus “learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect” (Heb. 5:8-9). Does this mean that Jesus was disobedient or imperfect?
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Hebrews 5:7 – Did Christ shrink from death or face it courageously?

Problem: On the one hand, it would seem that Christ shrunk from death, since He prayed “with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death” (Heb. 5:7). He said, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me” (Matt. 26:39). On the other hand, we are led to believe that He faced death obediently and boldly, for He “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51), calmly facing His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, and repeatedly assuring His disciples He would rise again (Matt. 12:40–42; John 10:18).
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Heb 5:7 – Did Christ have flesh only before His resurrection?

Problem: Speaking of the “days of His [Jesus’] flesh” as past seems to imply that Jesus did not rise in the flesh and ascend into heaven in the same physical body in which He died. Yet Jesus Himself said that His resurrection body was one of “flesh and bones” (Luke 24:31) and the Apostles’ Creed confesses the “resurrection of the flesh.”
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Heb. 4:15 – How could Jesus be tempted?

Problem: The author of Hebrews writes, “[Jesus] has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). However, James writes, “God cannot be tempted by evil” (Jas. 1:13). Doesn’t this mean that Jesus isn’t God?
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Heb. 3:6, 14 – Does this passage make our salvation conditional on endurance?

Problem: The author of Hebrews writes, “Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end” (Heb. 3:6). Later he writes, “We have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end” (Heb. 3:14). Does this mean that we can lose our salvation from having a hardened heart?
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Heb. 3:3-4 – What is “the house” mentioned here?

Problem: The house here is the group of believers throughout human history. The author says that Moses served in this house in verse 5, and he says that all believers are in this house of God in verse 6 (“whose house we are”). Since Moses was a member of this group, he is a part of the house, so to speak.
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Heb 2:17–18 – Was it possible for Christ to have sinned?

Problem: The writer of Hebrews says that Christ “had to be made like His brethren in all things… For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (2:17–18, nasb). Does this mean that Christ could have sinned?
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