And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; ~Hebrews 5:9
An author is someone who is the writer of a book, literature, or music. He is considered a creative genius. As an author, he has written something that is informative, influential, and impactful. The writer of Hebrews says of our Lord Jesus Christ that He is the Author of eternal salvation. How well do you know Him as Author?
We see the rise.
The Greek word for author is used only once in the original language in the Bible. It refers to the one who is the causative power. The idea and its availability are the product of the author. He is the originator. Our Lord Jesus Christ in eternity past is the One Who gave rise to the plan, purpose, and Person of salvation. The idea of God so loving the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die for the sins of the world is God’s alone. He is the cause and driving force of eternal salvation for the fallen sinful human race. We owe the plan and concept of salvation to its Author, our Lord Himself.
We see the Representative.
“And being made perfect….” Christ satisfies the requirements of God as our Representative. He meets the qualifications of being righteous and sinless. He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. He is holy, harmless, and separate from sinners. He was God manifest in the flesh, full of grace and truth. He is our great High Priest Who offered the supreme sacrifice for sin: His own life. He is the sinner’s Substitute. He had compassion on the ignorant and them who are out of the way. He had no bias or preference in His representation for sinners. He is the perfect Lamb from Heaven Who came to represent us.
We see the redemption.
“He became the author of eternal salvation….” He did this through His sacrifice. Jesus Christ tasted death for every man. He shed His blood at His scourging and crucifixion for every sinner and paid the sin debt in full. He did this as our perfect Substitute. He took our place. We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the cause. He was the Crucified. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” It was His blood that was shed and not the insufficient blood of bulls and goats.
We see the reconciliation.
“He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). Reconciliation is when two people who were at enmity with each other have reached a peace accord. Jesus made peace for every sinner through the blood of His cross. Jesus is the One Who did the reconciling. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. Salvation must be personal. Salvation must be received by repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way salvation can be obtained.
Take a moment this morning to thank the Lord for being the Author of eternal salvation. Take a moment to tell someone who is not saved about this Author. If you have not done so, make sure He is your Author of eternal salvation.
Have an enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Jeremiah 32-34