The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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The Captain of our Salvation
By Al Stoner
“For it became Him (God, the Father), for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Heb. 2:10).  “It was fitting for Him” (NASB, NKJV), “for whom and by whom all things exist” (RSV), “in bringing many sons unto glory” (ASV), “to perfect the Author of their salvation through sufferings” (NASB).

 
The Indebtedness of our very Existence.  “It was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering” (Heb. 2:10, RSV).  If men and women ever feel within themselves the wicked tendency of holding back from unreservedly giving both themselves, and of themselves, to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, let them consider well that they owe their own very existence, and the existence of all things, to Him, who is “working salvation in the midst of the earth” (Ps. 74:12).  We were created by Him and for Him.  And as was rightfully ascribed to God in the Revelation: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11).
 
It Became Him. With all the vast resources of might, and dominion, and wisdom within His ready grasp, even God did not purpose to simply outsmart or overpower the Devil, for the lives of “the children” (cf. Heb. 2:14) were at stake.  Nor did He determine to overpower sinners, and force them into submission to Himself, for they were created in His image.  If men who had sinned were going to be brought all the way to glory, God would have to perfect His Son unto this end through sufferings.  This was the only way that men could forever be brought into His Presence.  It was by the means of incomprehensible sufferings that Christ would be made a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God.
 
All Things at His Disposal. “For whom are all things, and by whom are all things.”  Unbounded resources of wisdom, understanding, and power were at the immediate disposal of our heavenly Father as He purposed to bring many sons unto glory.  It will be recalled that He simply spoke a word, and the world, and all things were brought into existence.  In addition, an innumerable company of angels, including the four living creatures, cherubim, and seraphim, were constantly at His beck and call.  But when it came to the matter of perfecting our great High Priest, these powerful angelic beings could not do what only the Son of God was able to do in our behalf.   The Son Himself had to be made perfect through sufferings.  If there would have been any other way that would have been in harmony with the Divine character, certainly the Lord God would have chosen it.  He cannot deny Himself.
 
The Captain of their Salvation. The very expression “Captain of our salvation” presupposes that, by its very nature, there are aspects of the great salvation that are yet being worked out, both by God and men in the realm of experience (cf. Phil. 2:12-13).  It implies that Christ has been given all authority in matters of salvation, especially. The Lord Jesus Christ, addressing His Father in John 17, affirmed: “As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him” (v. 2).   “And being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him; called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 5:9-10).  Thus, wherever there is reluctance, on the part of men, to joyfully submit to Christ, and to do the will of God, this is certainly not a good thing, to say the least.  It is evidence of unbelief and of the rejection of God’s Word.  Let us examine ourselves to see whether we be in the faith.
 
The Son made Perfect through Sufferings. This perfecting is extremely relevant to us all.  When we speak of the Son of God being “perfected,” this does not in any way imply that He was
previously flawed in character.  Rather He was being made perfect in the sense that He was being prepared of God to be the necessary One for bringing many sons unto glory.  He was being perfected, as a near Kinsman to us, in His ability to sympathize with human woe and sorrow, and so that He can effectively come to the aid of those who are being tempted to sin, and graciously recover those who are returning from sin.
 
Let us also make clear that the perfection spoken of here was not in order to make Christ a perfect sacrifice for sins.  He was already perfect in this sense by virtue of His own sinlessness (cf. I Pet. 2:21-24) and by His magnifying of the law and making in honorable (cf. Isa. 42:21, KJV, NKJV): also by His love for righteousness and hatred for iniquity (Heb. 1:9).  By His unfathomable sufferings for the sins of the world, Christ Jesus was being perfected of God the Father so that He might be a “a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God” (Heb. 2:17).  “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” (v. 18, NASB).
 
The implications of this consideration devastate a lot of teaching that is being pawned off onto the people of God today.  Salvation is not something which has only occurred in the past, even though the all-essential foundations for it were laid from the foundation of the world, and made manifest before men and angels when Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised for our justification.  The very presence of a High Priest at the right hand of God implies that there is a very real sense that we are yet in the process of being saved (cf. Heb. 7:25).  Another relevant implication is that we momentarily stand in need of this High Priest if we are going to be among those who are brought to glory.  We desperately need His holiness, His harmlessness, His separateness from sinners, and His ability to be touched with the feeling of our infirmity.  The knowledge of these things effectually brings to men’s hearts many of the blessed incentives for not sinning, for not yielding to temptation, and also for coming back to the Savior when we do sin.
 
Perfecting the Author of our Salvation.  From this perspective God was perfecting Christ with “the children” (Heb. 2:14) in view.  In this can be seen the love of God. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them (II Cor. 5:18-21).  “The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”  The Son of God laid down His life a ransom for many. The Lord hath laid upon Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.  By Himself Christ purged our sins.  He has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (the proclamation of what Christ has done in our behalf).  This was the cost of our redemption!  This is the message of the gospel!  In salvation Christ Jesus is the preeminent One in all things, to be sure, from our perspective, and in our grateful estimation.
 
But from another very valid perspective, at the Cross God was thinking more of our interests than of those of His beloved Son.  Else Christ never would have suffered.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).  And in the giving of Him, God was perfecting our great High Priest for His heavenly ministry in the present time.  This is the message of the book of Hebrews.
 
The Way to Heaven, the Way of Suffering. This is a vast number of sons and daughters that are being brought into the very Presence of God by the Lord Jesus.  “In bringing many sons unto glory.”  From this standpoint this was the primary objective of God, and He was perfecting Christ by the means of sufferings to be the One that would bring them.  But the very perfecting of Christ through sufferings implies that those who “come unto God by Him” (Heb. 7:25) desperately stand in need of His “merciful and faithful” assistance every step of the way to glory.  For “the comers” (10:1) themselves also “taste” of suffering as they live and walk by faith, cleaving to the Lord with purpose of heart (cf. Acts 11:23). 
 
Let us, therefore, joyfully magnify the Name of our great Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who has put away our sins “by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26), has risen again, and ascended to the right hand of God (1:3).  As the Captain of our salvation, He is a “very present help” (Ps. 46:1) to those who are living by faith in Him, for, being perfected through sufferings, He is presently engaged “in bringing many sons unto glory”!  --Editor
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