7772 - Author of Salvation
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Join us as we hide God’s Word in our heart that we might not sin against the Lord.
Today let’s explore the title “author of salvation” which is ascribed to Jesus in Hebrews 2:10. Listen:
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of salvation perfect through suffering.
In this greater passage Jesus is exalted as being the atoning sacrifice for sin, the Son of God who willingly became human flesh in order to accomplish the very task of salvation.
Think for a moment: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the figure in whom all the Old Testament saints had faith, while all those since the cross have faith in Jesus for salvation. So the statement “without Jesus there would be no means of salvation.” is very true.
The word “author” is defined as originator or creator. Thus, Jesus would be the originator or creator of salvation.
Salvation in the Old Testament has the general idea of being in safety, or gaining deliverance. The term Messiah is predominately applied to this provider for whom they looked.
In the New Testament salvation relates to the deliverance from sin and from the consequences of sin. This is always wrought by Jesus Christ who provides forgiveness, cleansing, sanctification, as well as hope of resurrection.
Therefore, we perceive that Messiah Jesus is the originator and provider of safety and deliverance for those who have evidenced faith in Messiah, Christ. The Old Testament saints looking forward to the Messiah who was to provide atonement for sin; and new testament saints looking back to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as he paid for sin on the cross.
Notice this is why the cross is the focus of all history. Jesus is exclusively the author of salvation, so from whatever point you live in history you looked to His sacrificial act of atonement on the cross to have a relationship with God.
Psalm 79:9 says; “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and atone for our sins for your name’s sake”
From our present point of view, we realize that many Jewish seekers in the first century were influenced by the traditional Jewish legalism, and by the rejection of Jesus by so many. This attitude is reflected in both Galatians and Hebrews. But we must agree that good works and legalism will never gain a sinner a right position with God. That only comes through faith in the ministry and person of Jesus Christ. He is the only author of salvation.
We also notice that this verse speaks of bringing many sons to glory. We can note a double meaning in those words.
First, the successful conclusion to the ministry of Jesus introduced this Son of God to a glorious return to His throne and position in heaven.
Secondly, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross has been the source of salvation for every human who has already entered new life and will be the way for all who will yet enter the heavenly portals. Never loose sight of the truth: “...No one comes unto the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6)”
One last observation: the word ‘perfect’ in this verse literally means, “finish the task” or “to carry to consummation.” There is no implication in this passage that Jesus was less than perfect at any time. As the Son of God He had always been perfect before coming to earth. Furthermore, His life was kept unblemished by the attitude of Jesus always being one of trust and dependence upon the Father. Jesus said more than once that he could no nothing of himself, but he was doing what the Father told him to do, and that it was the Father who was doing His work in and through Jesus. Even in suffering and rejection he was faithful.
This was the example by Jesus of how every child of God was to live the Christian life. He told all of us: “...without me, you can do nothing (John 15:5).”