January 6, 2013

Our Leader – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10)

The Lord never asks us to go anywhere that He has not gone before. He is the captain (literally, the “leader”) of our salvation. Thayer’s Greek lexicon defines the actual word chosen by the Holy Spirit (aÓrchgo) to mean:

…leading, furnishing the first cause or occasion: ..

1. the chief leader,…

2. one that takes the lead in anything…and thus affords an example, a predecessor in a matter:

3. the author:

The writer of Hebrews is saying we need follow our divine leader to salvation.

The same word is used in Hebrews 12:2, where we are exhorted to be “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”  That word is used again in Acts 5:31, when Peter tells the Sanhedrin, “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior,…” The same idea is expressed with different words in I Peter 2:21, “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, for you to follow in his steps.”

This characteristic of Jesus is expressed often in various figures. He is our Shepherd, for instance, and He says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” (John 10:27).  He also illuminates our path. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” (John 8:12). He guides us along the way by the comforter he promised, the Holy Spirit. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;” (John 16:13).

With such a dauntless leader, a perfect example, a loving Shepherd, a clear light, and an infallible guide, we are (or should be) happy to follow Him, even if the way sometimes seems steep and hard.

Having set our example, He now leads the way to our goal at the end of the journey. For Him, Paul said, “…I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3. 13-14).

Adapted from Henry Morris

 

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