What is meant by, "A body prepared for me" in Hebrews 10:5?


Hebrews 10:5

NIV - 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me.

Clarify Share Report Asked February 06 2020 Ef1d703a 6fbc 46bc a8b9 e743de8a1daf Alexander Wilson

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In the passage cited in the question, God the Son is speaking to God the Father about the plan of human salvation that had been put in place to address the introduction of sin into the world. 

The presence of sin meant that humans no longer had the image of God (as they had had when He originally created them (Genesis 5:1-2)), and thus could no longer live forever on earth (as God had intended when He created them), because the commission of sin required the shedding of blood (that is, death) as its penalty.

However, as soon as humanity fell into sin, God also indicated a plan to deal fully and finally with it, so that His original eternal fellowship with humanity could be restored (Genesis 3:15).

As a foreshadowing of that plan, God instituted a system of animal sacrifice that involved the shedding of the animals' blood in order to atone for human sin. However, that plan was only a temporary measure, because human sin could only be fully and finally dealt with through the shedding of the blood of a human who would be as sinless as the animals were.

God is a spirit Being by nature (John 4:24). However, because the introduction of sin had resulted in all subsequent humans having an inborn sin nature (Psalm 51:5) that they could not remove, God the Father therefore, in love for humanity, caused His Son (Jesus) -- who had existed in spirit form from eternity past (John 1:1-18) -- to be born as a true human, but (because of the manner in which He was conceived (Luke 1:26-38)) to not have the same sin nature that all other humans did (and still do).

Jesus, therefore, was capable of living the sinless life that humans could not, and then of allowing His own blood to be shed -- which (since Jesus was God incarnate) was able to atone (or satisfy God's justice) for the sin of all humanity from eternity past to eternity future -- for those who would place their faith in that sacrifice (rather than in their own imperfect attempts at righteousness) to be reconciled to God. And God subsequently validated the sufficiency of that sacrifice by bodily raising Jesus from the dead to live forever. 

Therefore, when God the Son said (in the verse cited in the question) "a body you prepared for me", He was referring to the fact of God the Father causing Him to be born in a human body so that He could carry out God's plan for saving humans from the eternal consequences of their sin.

February 07 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Derrol PORTER Emancipated by the Liberating King
When we get to chapter ten in Hebrews, the writer, who I believe is Paul, is well into explaining and proving that Jesus Christ is the author and executor of God's new covenant.

He laid the groundwork to establish that Jesus is God's Son and that He came to be the Ultimate Sacrifice for eternity, that replaced the temporary sacrificial system of animals and their blood being offered.

So, how could Jesus become the Ultimate Sacrifice unless He as God's Son actually put on a body of flesh and bone and produced life giving blood? [Hebrews 2:9-15}

John 1:14 and Philippians 2:5-8, tell us Jesus came in flesh to become that sacrifice that pleased God.

Thus the prepared body that God ordained for His Son, was and is as we shall see Him, though in His Gloried being.{Philippians 3:20-21} {1 John 3:2}

February 07 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining