Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “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” (Heb. 2:10).
READ: Hebrews 2:9-11
One of the titles of our Lord Jesus Christ is Captain. Unlike earthly captains whose jurisdictions are limited to a particular area, such as an arm of the military, a particular ship, or a particular industry, this Captain has no restriction in regards to His sphere of influence. If a captain of industry goes before an army of soldiers to give an order, you can be sure that he would be taken as a joker. No action would be taken until they hear from their army captain. But this Captain must be heard and obeyed by all, irrespective of who His orders are coming to.
“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” (Heb. 2:10). From this scripture, the Lord is called Captain of Salvation. That means everything that has to do with your salvation is in His hands. He is the One who determines the moment a sinner is forgiven, washed in His blood, and transformed from sinner to saint. Being the Captain of Salvation means He is the foundation on which every saved soul is built. No sinner on earth can be saved without coming in contact with Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Apart from receiving salvation, every saved soul requires Jesus in order to work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12-13). That is, except you remain connected with Jesus Christ, you are sure of losing the salvation you received (John 15:6). Anyone who was born again but has now returned to old sinful habit is back slidden, because he or she played down his or her relationship with the Captain of Salvation. It is when you hold on to Him that your salvation is secure. The moment you leave Him, you lose your salvation. In addition, Hebrews 5:9 says He is the Author of Eternal Salvation. That means, He is the One who would decide who will go to Heaven and who will go to hell. He is the One who will determine the eternal destination of earth’s billions of people. This is why you must make Him your closest friend throughout life. Is Jesus your Captain?
A ship that has Jesus Christ as its Captain can never miss its destination. Make him the captain of the ship of your life.
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