The Captain Of Our Salvation
Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) speaks of the “Captain” of our salvation whose intention it is to bring many sons to glory. The NKJV uses the word, “Author”; Acts 3:15 uses the same Greek word and translates it as “The Prince of Life.” In our vernacular, a captain is a leader, leading his army into battle with one aim in mind — Victory! He draws up the battle plans, trains his recruits, and equips them for battle. One thinks of Paul’s discussion of the Christian’s armor, (Ephesians 6:10-20). Note that the armor that Paul describes offers no protection for the back. The Christian’s battle is ever forward – no retreating!
Hebrews 2:10 begins by saying, “For it became Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things ...” This, of course, is referring to God the Father, the creator of all things. It is fitting for Him to supply for us a Captain who is perfect. God supplied His people with only the best, for it is this Captain who was determined from the foundation of the world to crush the head of the enemy, even Satan, (Genesis 3:15).
1 John 2:2 tells us that Christ is the perfect offering for our sins. Hebrews 2:9 and 4:15 tell us that our Captain is thoroughly and absolutely familiar with our fears, trepidations, anxieties, and temptations. Our leader, our trainer, our supplier, our captain wants us to know that we are in the battle for our very souls. In addition, He wants us to know that through Him the victory is assured (1 Corinthians 6: 26-37).
One of Satan’s wiles is to benumb us to the fatality of sin. The lures of this world are made to seem innocent, fun, pleasurable. However, that is what is so dangerous. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” Hebrews 11: 24-26.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us. That God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:9, 10).
Here is one difference between God and Satan: God loved us – still loves us. Satan wants to see us destroyed. God uses His means to rescue us; Satan uses his means to keep us from our heavenly reward. Let us determine to follow the Captain of our salvation into the realms of light through our obedience to the gospel of Christ and to bask in the sunlight of God’s love for all eternity. -5636 Cherrywood Dr., Lorain, OH 44053.
“We are marching to eternity,
ever forward, winning victory,
into the fray, day after day
we’re fighting for the right;
we’re under orders from the mighty King,
joyfully His worthy praise we sing;
with Him we’ll be, eternally
when we have won the fight.”
(From Sacred Selection For The Church” #16, by Floyd E. Hunter.)
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