Sermon #11 (Part 2) Hebrews Notes
Title: THE CAPTAIN MADE PERFECT
Text: Hebrews 2:10
Readings: Buddy Daugherty and Bob Poncer
Subject: Christ’s Being Made Perfect
As The Captain Of Our Salvation
Date: Tuesday Evening – February 1, 2000
Tape # V-67b
If you are taking notes, the title of my message is THE CAPTAIN MADE PERFECT. Our text will be Hebrews 2:10.
In these first two chapters of Hebrews, the Holy Spirit tells us about God’s Son, God’s purpose, God’s people, and God’s salvation. He assures us that there is a great multitude of sinners chosen by grace and redeemed by blood, called to be the sons of God, who shall at last be brought to glory. In the light of that fact, I have four questions which I want to answer in this message.
I. First, How can we be sure that all God’s elect will be brought to Glory?
Can we, indeed, assert that every chosen sinner shall be saved, that every blood bought child shall inherit eternal life, that every believer shall come unto glory at last? If so, if we can be assured of this, what is the basis of such assurance?
The basis of our assurance is this great, glorious fact – The Lord Jesus Christ is the Captain of our salvation.
Our text describes the Son of God, our Savior as The Captain Of Our Salvation. What a great title that is for him who is our Savior. God has purposed that he will bring many sons to glory; but he has determined that he will do so by a chosen Captain, a Captain greater than Joshua, who will fight for his people and bring them safely into the Canaan of glory.
The word that is translated "captain" in our text is in other places translated "author," and in other places "prince". It means, “chief leader”.
· Christ is the Author of our Salvation. That is to say, he is the designer and causer of it.
· Christ is also the Prince of our Salvation. He rules the whole affair.
God will bring his sons to glory; but he will do so only by the Captain of our Salvation, Jesus Christ. You cannot come to glory but by this Captain (John 10:9; 14:6)
II. Second, Why is Christ called "The Captain of their salvation?" Let me quickly give you seven answers to that question. Christ is called the Captain of our Salvation because...
A. THE CAPTAIN HAS ALL AUTHORITY AND POWER.
The Captain is the one in charge. He is at the helm of the ship. The captain of an army is invested with the authority and power of the king himself. The captain's word is the king's word. The king's treasures are the captain's treasures. Even so, the Lord Jesus Christ has all power and authority given to him for the saving of his people. "Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” -- John 17:2
B. THE CAPTAIN MAKES ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ARMY'S MARCH.
He decides what path the troops will take, where they will camp, how long they will stay at any place. And he supplies all provisions for them. Even so, our Lord Jesus Christ mapped out our path in divine predestination, and supplies us with our needs and directs our steps according to his wise and good providence.
C. THE CAPTAIN'S WORD IS THE LAW BY WHICH THE WHOLE ARMY IS GOVERNED.
Soldiers are not allowed to do each one what he chooses. The troops do not make up their rules of conduct and principles of warfare as they go along. That is the Captain's business. In the Church and Kingdom of God Christ gives the marching orders. They are not optional. His Word is our law. He alone determined what our doctrine and duty is, what our faith and practice must be; and he has given these things to us in his Word.
D. THE CAPTAIN IS MORE THAN A COMMANDER, HE IS A LEADER; THE CAPTAIN LEADS THE WAY.
Illustration: Stonewall Jackson Leading His Troops
You will never go in any path of duty, walk through any fiery furnace, go through any deep valley, climb any high hill of difficulty, or endure any temptation, but where you will find the footprint of the Crucified One.
E. THE CAPTAIN ENCOURAGES HIS MEN.
When the Lord Jesus appears to us and we hear him say, "It is I, be not afraid,” that is all that is required to calm our hearts and sustain our souls.
F. IT IS THE CAPTAIN'S DELIGHT TO REWARD HIS FOLLOWERS.
As David's spoils were shared equally by all the army, the brave and the timid, the strong and the weak (1 Sam 30:24), so the Lord Jesus Christ will bestow upon all the many sons he brings to glory all the glory he has won.
1. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17).
2. That means that all the glory which Christ now possesses as our Mediator shall be ours (John 17:5,22).
G. THE CAPTAIN IS RESPONSIBLE BOTH FOR THE ARMY UNDER HIS COMMAND AND FOR THE VICTORY.
It is true, we are engaged in a warfare. We must fight continually, resisting sin, contending with the world, the flesh and the devil. But the battle is not ours. It is the Lord's.
Christ, the Captain of our Salvation, is the One responsible for our salvation; and "he shall not fail!"
III. Third, How was the Lord Jesus Christ made perfect as the Captain of our Salvation?
Our text says something about the perfecting of Christ as our savior, as the Captain of our salvation. What does that mean?
"For it became him, 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."
Christ was the Captain of our salvation from eternity. He was our Savior from everlasting. But in order to save us, in order to bring us to glory, the Lord Jesus Christ had to be perfected as a Savior. He had to experience something himself if he would be a perfect and complete Savior. What does that mean?
Listen to me carefully. Christ was not made perfect in his character by suffering. He was always perfect, both as God and as man. But he was made perfect officially, as the Captain of our salvation. To perform the office of a Savior, to save lost sinners from their just and righteous condemnation, Christ had to possess three things: merit, power and sympathy. The only way he could obtain all three was by those things which he suffered, which consummated in his death as the sinners' Substitute.
The Savior of men must have such merit with God that God can, consistently with the perfections of his nature and the requirements of his law, reverse the sentence of condemnation passed upon those for whom Christ suffered and died. He must have such infinite merit that we can through his merit alone obtain all the blessings of grace and glory, without any works of our own, without any merit of our own.
The Captain of our salvation must possess all power, in heaven and in earth, so that he may, by the sheer power of his will make ignorant, depraved, helpless, miserable sinners, wise, and good, and happy. He must have such absolute control of all things that he can make all things work together for the salvation of his people.
Moreover, the Savior of men must be able to sympathize with, he must be able to enter into the feelings of, those whom he is to deliver and save.
All these things are necessary if the Son of God is to be a perfect Savior; and all these things were obtained by him through the things which he suffered.
A. BY HIS INCARNATION HE BECAME A SAVIOR OF INFINITE MERIT.
1. The Savior of men must be a man, because man had sinned and man must suffer.
2. He must also be God, because none but God has infinite merit to satisfy the claims of divine justice.
B. CHRIST OBTAINED THE POWER TO SAVE AS THE REWARD OF HIS OBEDIENCE UNTO DEATH AS OUR SUBSTITUTE (John 17:2; Heb 7:25).
C. THE SON OF GOD BECAME A SYMPATHIZING SAVIOR BY THE THINGS HE SUFFERED AS A MAN FOR US (Heb 2:18; 4:15).
D. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS A PERFECT SAVIOR.
1. He has made a perfect expiation of sin.
2. He has brought in a perfect righteousness.
3. His holy heart is filled with a perfect sympathy for his needy people.
4. He is a perfect example for us to follow.
5. He has perfect power, he is perfectly able to save!
IV. Fourth, What was THE NECESSITY FOR CHRIST'S SUFFERING AND DEATH.
He suffered and died, he was made a perfect Savior by suffering and death, because "it became him, 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.”
It was becoming to God to save us in such a way. Indeed, this is the only method of salvation that is becoming to the holy and just Lord God. This method of salvation, through the merits of Christ's sufferings and death, is a salvation becoming to God because...
A. It glorifies all his divine attributes.
· Wisdom and Immutability
· Mercy and Truth
· Righteousness and Peace
· Love and Wrath
· Grace and Justice
· Kindness and Veracity
B. It will glorify him before Satan and all the demons of hell.
Salvation by a Man will forever glorify God and make a mockery of Satan who refused to be a servant to man.
C. It will glorify the triune God in the eyes of all the damned.]
You who perish under the wrath of God will yet be made to see the glory of God in redemption. You will yet see the glory of the gospel. You will forever acknowledge that your condemnation is just.
D. Salvation by Christ, the sinners' Substitute will forever delight the hearts and minds of the redeemed as we give glory to God forever in glory.
"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." -- Rev 5:9-14
Application: I call upon you now, one and all, to fall on your faces before this great God, our great Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance, faith and adoration. Glorify him now and forever as the sinner's perfect Savior, the Captain of our Salvation.
 Part 2 – The Captain Made Perfect -- Tuesday 02/01/00