Consider Jesus: Captain Of Our Salvation

Let us continue to “consider Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1) 

Heb. 2:10“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 [captain – KJV, NKJV,  pioneer – NRSV] of their salvation through sufferings.”

The word that is translated in most versions as “author” or “captain” is defined as “one that takes the lead in any thing and thus affords an example, a predecessor in a matter, pioneer.” (Thayer)  

The word “author” carries the idea of being the originator or source of a thing.  The word“captain” carries the idea of a leader or commander.  We should notice that although captain is a high office, in military usage it is a field officer, one who is out with the troops.  When we combine the ideas of both author and leader, we find the idea of “pioneer,” as the New Revised Standard translates it.  Think of Daniel Boone who blazed the trial way west by going himself through the wilderness and leaving a path for other to follow.  He both led and showed the way.  This is exactly what Christ did in respect to salvation.  He both originated and led the way.  We must give careful consideration to Him if we wish to go in that same way.