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The Captain of our Salvation is not Ashamed to call us Brethren

The writer of Hebrews gives two names to Jesus that are not found anywhere else in the Bible.

1st He calls Him the Apostle of our confession: 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus. Jesus is the “sent One” (apostle) who came to be Savior, Redeemer, LORD, High priest, and Good Shepherd of all who believe.

2nd He’s also called the Captain of our salvation: 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. He’s captain in that He’s the chief leader or author of our salvation; the only One who can rescue from sin.

So why does the writer say that it was fitting to make Him the Captain of our salvation…perfect through sufferings?

What was “imperfect” in Jesus that needed to be “perfected”? 

Well it wasn’t His nature. We know from Scripture that Jesus was the sinless Son of God not because Mary herself was sinless but because Jesus was conceived in her womb by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. And so Jesus never sinned; He never had one nano second of a bad attitude; He never gave in to sinful anger, or lust, or covetousness, or gluttony, or pride or jealousy, or evil speaking or not…trusting God.

It was His human experience…that was “imperfect”. For Him to be an empathetic and effective High priest for His people, at the right hand of the throne of God, He had to experience, in principle or reality, all that we experience; and that for Him was suffering.

Now look at the next incredible statement the writer gives us:  

2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified   are all of one…for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.

The One who sanctifies is Christ, the captain of our salvation; and those who are being sanctified are all those who are saved; those who believe/embrace Christ in faith by grace.

We’re all of one.

Believers are “in Christand Christ is “in” us (John 15:4; Ro.8:11); and God sees us as one whose source is Christ. And Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren, even when we’ve defected and loved someone or something more than God; even when we’ve given into that same temptation again.

And the reason He’s not ashamed to call us brethren is because He paid for us; we’re His; and He’s determined the ultimate outcome of our lives which is complete conformity to Himself the moment we see Him (1Jn.3:2).

But not only that but His present purpose in our lives, in our sin is redemptive; He’s progressively conforming us to His image. Paul spoke of that when he wrote: being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil.1:6).

So let the joy of this staggering truth, that the Captain of our salvation is not ashamed to call us brethren, even in our sin, humble you and cause you to quickly run into the joy of repentance and let it keep in the joy of abiding in the Captain of your salvation.