And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him (Hebrews 5:9; also 12:2).
In His authorship Christ precedes all others; in origination He stand supreme and pre-eminent, without peer or competitor. No other authorship could possibly be appended to this supremely important subject of salvation. The Prophet Isaiah records in his message, "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside Me there is no savior" (Isaiah 43:11). Hosea also repeats the same assurance, "for there is no savior beside Me" (Hosea 13:4). We may name a multitude of authors in connection with literature and lexicons, history and homilies, dictionaries and declarations, encyclopedias and encyclicals, but there is only one Author of Salvation. In this greatest of all authorships Christ stands absolutely and eternally alone, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Likewise He is the sole Author of the faith which appropriates the salvation, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
In order to qualify for the authorship of eternal salvation it is essential that the one who plans the project should know all about everything, be able to do anything and be available everywhere to undertake for anyone and everyone always and altogether. This means nothing short of possessing the attributes of omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence. Christ, who exercises these infinite powers, is therefore eminently fitted, expressly suited and eternally qualified to be the Savior.
Our Lord's pre-eminent suitability and perfect capacity as Author are conclusively revealed in the Scriptures of truth. He already holds exclusive distinction in endless perfectness, as Author of eternal ages and of abiding life. he is fitted in the fullest sense to be our Substitute. He is definitely suited by virtue of His superior sufficiency to satisfy the heart and mind, and He is most qualified by reason of His sovereign strength to perfect forever them that are sanctified. The whole of His saving work is warranted in the light of His own worthiness. His holiness and honor stand highest in heaven. The salvation Christ accomplished does not depend on human behavior but on the beloved Savior Himself, for "He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him" (Hebrews 5:9). Nor does this speak of a transient deliverance from temporal troubles and trivialities, but of deliverance from the domain of the Devil and from the dominion of sin and death forever. The pledge was formerly made, "Israel shall be saved in the Lord, with an everlasting salvation" (Isaiah 45:17). Therefore, we can safely say that His will determined the purpose, His wisdom planned it, His work wrought it and His own Word declared it finished.
The perfect suitability of His precious blood for propitiation supplies a permanent basis for the peace of salvation; the invaluable ministry of His intercession, which rests upon His indestructibility, insures permanence for salvation even to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25); while the credentials of His consecration pave the way for our acceptance in a ceaseless communion, holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 7:25). Our blessed Savior is admittedly, adequately and adorably the Author of Salvation.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool (Daniel 7:9).
Christ is not described here as the Ancient of Years, which would imply age, but Ancient of Days, which indicates His ageless, timeless, changeless character. No furrows disfigure His graceful features, no defects mar His clear discernment, nor is there any weakness in His wondrous will. His body of glory and beauty of countenance are unwrinkled by years, while His vigorous vitality and virtuous energy are unwearied by ceaseless activity. Ages are absolutely unable to age this ageless One who abides unchanged, "The same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). The march of seasons cannot mar His fairness nor foul weather destroy His freshness, for He has the dew of His youth (Psalm 110:3). The centuries cannot change His comeliness nor cramp His competence, for his is immune from infirmity and inured to infinity.
Pre-eminence belongs to the Ancient of Days by virtue of His priority and precedence, combined with the permanence of immortal perfection. Christ is the embodiment of the glories of Godhead, embracing the treasures of truth, the loveliness of light and the splendors of sublimity that never age, but form part of His lasting heritage. A myriad of marvels manifest themselves out of His exhaustless storehouse; yet no diminuation of His resource in occasioned. If we contemplate the prescient eye of His providential care, the patient ear of His paternal interest, the prevalent grace of his prevailing goodness, the profound delights of His precious promises, the permanent security of His protecting hand and the plentiful supply of His perfect strength, we discover that all of these characteristics are but the abiding attributes of the Ancient of Days. None of these realities grows stale but is just as fresh and full and free as ever. The emerald throne of His majesty symbolizes the evergreen nature of His amaranthine beauty.
He is as young as the morning, although it be of ancient origin. He is as youthful as daybreak, a feature which thrilled our earliest ancestors. He who shielded Abraham, sustained Elijah and stayed the plague of Israel is the One who is and was and is to come, the Ancient of Days, even the Almighty. His energy knows nothing of exhaustion and His freshness never faces fatigue. The brilliance of HIS brightness never blurs, the sunlike sheen of His sympathetic face never shadows and the sufficiency of His saving strength never stalls, His "hand is not shortened, that it cannot save" (Isaiah 59:1).
We may adopt garnished oratory to attract attention and elaborate with seraphic eloquence to awaken admiration, but how paltry is our best phraseology compared with one glimpse of the Ancient of Days.
Show me Thy face, one transient gleam
Of loveliness divine,
And I shall never think or dream
Of other love save Thine.
All lesser lights shall lessen quite,
All lower glories wane,
The beautiful of earth shall scarce
Seem beautiful again.
The Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).
The strength of Christ's might and the majesty of His stability transcend all other sand all else in the ability and authority, for His is omnipotent. At this point we are to consider Christ as the competent, independent, self-sufficient One in His almightiness. The grand title which appears forty-eight times in the Old Testament is here applied to our Redeemer. The magnificence of the name in its depth of meaning and degree of might, defies the capacity of our reasoning powers. Superficially we comprehend its import, but actually we do not. The almighty is supremely real, dispassionately true and faultlessly just; yet withal infinitely tender and graciously kind, ad revealed in the Book of Job, where the title occurs thirty-one times.
His almightiness is expressed alike in the material, physical, spiritual and judicial realms. This feature may also be applied to His sublimity of thought, stability of mind, sovereignty of will, sufficiency of wisdom, security of power, suitability of grace and serenity of peace, in all of which He is the Almighty. When we pause to ponder His enormous energy, His prodigious power, His stupendous strength and marvelous might, these ponderous qualities of ableness, with their tremendous potential, cause us to tremble at the thought of meeting such forces in exercise; but when we turn and learn of the blended qualities of goodness demonstrated in the character of divine activity, we behold the gracious care, generous pity, gorgeous gifts and glorious love which are lavished so freely, and our fears depart for we view His heart. This is exactly what Job longed for when, discouraged and downcast, he concluded God had decided to despise the work of His hands (Job 10:3), hands which he knew to be characterized by wisdom and strength (Job 12:9-13). Job was definitely corrected in his mistaken ideas by Elihu who declared, "Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength and wisdom" (Job 36:5).
All things emanate from His creative wisdom and are maintained by His sustaining strength. Round about us many demonstrations illustrate the magnanimity of God as expressed by Elihu. for instance, the sun is too majestic to despise a worm, the ocean is too gigantic to disdain a sprat, the rain is too prolific to disregard a leaf, and "behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any." He is "mighty in battle" (Psalm 24:8). "I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me" (Psalm 40:17).