TL-2 - Jesus, the Author of Eternal Salvation
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‘Though He was a son, yet He learned obedience by the things which
He suffered, and having been perfected He became the author of eternal
salvation to all who obey Him.’
Welcome to our study of Jesus, the author of eternal salvation. As we
think about the idea of Jesus being the author of eternal salvation, this
word for author is a very unique word.
In fact it's only used one time in the New Testament. That makes it
unique and special. When God inspired the New Testament, He wrote it in
the common language. To find a special or unique word like this there is an
idea that God is trying to get across. The word literally means ‘that which
causes’ or ‘is the source of anything that resides.’ It's the idea of being the
reason or force for an action. The idea of author carries with it someone
who maybe writes a book or someone who invents a storyline. There are
some similarities there but maybe even a better word would be ‘the
Jesus is the inventor of eternal salvation. He brought to fruition. The
idea was in the mind of God, and Jesus put into action by His perfect life
and lifestyle in every way.
When you think about famous inventors and inventions and the effect
that they had a life and humanity-where would we be without certain
inventions that have made life so much more productive?
For example in the year 1903, the Wright brothers invented the
airplane. Look at what a difference that has made in our ability to go to
other countries and even in the ability to spread the gospel to places.
Before the airplane the automobile was created in the year 1889. Look at
the way travel has taken off with the automobile, roads, engines, and all
that goes along with that. Think of other inventions like the steel plow. John
Deere made the steel plow in 1836, and look at the way agriculture has
changed for good. Thomas Edison created the lightbulb invented it in the
year 1879. Think about how much that invention has changed the world.
Then think about the greatest invention of all time. Jesus Christ is the
greatest inventor. The greatest invention ever is salvation and bringing that
to fruition. That's what God did. That's what God made possible through
His son Jesus Christ.
Today we will ask several questions as it relates to Jesus, the author
or inventor of salvation.
First of all what makes it possible for Jesus to be the author and the
inventor of salvation? Friend as you think about the salvation, we have this
is only because of the perfect life that Jesus lived. Jesus makes salvation
possible, because He lived a perfect life of obedience to God. Were it not
for Jesus’ life and His perfection, salvation wouldn’t be possible. “Having
been perfected,” the Hebrew writer says “He became the author of eternal
salvation to all who obey Him.”
But what does it mean that Jesus became perfected? Friends just
like me and just like you, Jesus faced challenges. He faced difficulties. He
was tempted. Yet through all that, He lived a pure and perfect life. Notice
what the Hebrew writer says in Hebrews 4:15. The Bible says “For we do
not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but
was in all points tempted as we are,” notice “yet without sin.” It's not that we
can't sympathize with Jesus. Jesus can sympathize with us. He knows
what I'm going through. He knows what you're going through, because He's
been there. And yet, Jesus did it without sin. 1 Peter 2:22 “He committed
no sin nor was guile or deceit found in His mouth.” For that reason the Bible
says ‘God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin, to be the sin offering on
our behalf that we might be the righteousness of God in Him.’ When we
think about Jesus the son of God, we must realize He is that perfect
example of a life lived correctly.
John said in John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the
sins of the world.” I believe Mark summed it up in Mark 7:37 when he said
this “And they were astonished beyond measure saying He has done all
things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” What
a great commentary on the perfect life of Jesus. He did everything well.
That summarizes Jesus, the inventor of salvation, by His perfect life.
What else did Jesus do that makes the salvation possible? Jesus
makes this salvation possible by His suffering that He gave on Calvary. I
want you to think about Hebrews 5:7-8. “Though He was a son, yet He
learned obedience by the things He suffered.” Jesus had to suffer to make
salvation a reality and to bring it to fruition. He had to go through horrible
suffering. Think about the words of 1 John 2:1-2. The Scripture says John
says “My little children these things I write to you so that you may not sin.
And if anyone sins we have an advocate with the father Jesus Christ, the
righteous, and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours
alone, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Jesus suffered for all
mankind. He gave up His life. Hebrews 2:9 “He tasted death for every
man.” He was offered outside the camp. Hebrews 13:12 He suffered
greatly so that I can have the hope of eternal life and so that you could as
well. Peter thought about the suffering. Peter saw the suffering Jesus went
through in many ways first hand. When he thought about this suffering
here's what he said in 1 Peter 4:1. Peter said “Therefore since Christ
suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind for He
was suffer in the flesh has ceased from sin.” Peter identifies that this
suffering was in the flesh- meaning that it did hurt when Jesus suffered. It
was painful. The things He went through were agonizing. Jesus did all of
that so that we can have the hope of eternal life through Him.
I want you think about, for just a moment, some of the passages that
teach us about the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. For example take
your mind back to the events surrounding the cross and the events
surrounding the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Think about this: Jesus
suffered horribly at the hands of ungodly men. Matthew 26:67 the Bible
says “Then they spat in His face and beat Him and others struck Him with
the palm of their hands.” Before that Roman government and the Jews and
all the evil people of that day- what did they do to Jesus? Can you
imagine? They spit in the face of the Lord. They beat Him. They strike Him
with the palm of their hand. I don't think it's a slap; I think it's more with the
palm like a martial arts hit. They did that to Jesus as part of His suffering.
But then think about this also. In Matthew 27:26 we’re told “Then he,”
Pilate, “released Barabbas to them, and when he had scourged Jesus he
delivered Him to be crucified.” What else did Jesus go through? Jesus was
scourged. When you think about the scourging of Christ we’re talking about
something like a whip with metal or bone or pieces of glass embedded in
the end of it. They would stretch Jesus’ back tightly across a post or
something like that. Then over and over again they brought that whip down
on the back of Jesus. Why did they do that? He hasn't done anything
wrong. They did that so that Jesus would suffer the penalty of my sin and
for yours. They may not even have known that, but in God's mind that
suffering Jesus went through was the suffering that each of us deserve to
receive. And yet, Jesus took our place.
We learn in Matthew 27:28-29 not only did they scourged Jesus, the
Bible says this “And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, And
when they twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on his head.” They take
Jesus, and after they've beaten Him they place that robe on his back. That
robe adheres to the sores and the wombs. They take a crown of thorns,
and they put it in the on Jesus’ head. They press it into His brow. Can you
imagine the suffering Jesus had to endure? Making Him out to be a king,
mocking Jesus, and then listen to these words “then they spat on Him, took
the read, struck Him on the head, and when they mocked Him they took the
robe off.” That crown of thorns that’s in the brow Jesus, they then hit Him
on the head with something like a stick and pressed those thorns into His
brow. Then that robe, which had adhered to His bloody back, they tore off
and the pain started all over again. Then we learn in Matthew 27:35 “Then
they crucified Him and divided His garments casting lots.”
They took the Lord and Savior, the great inventor of salvation, and
they nailed Him to a cross. For every breath Jesus had to put pressure on
His ankles, and to exhale He had to let it out on His arms. Jesus suffered in
agony until He died on that cruel cross for me and for you. Jesus has the
right to be the inventor of salvation because of what He suffered in this life
and what He gave up.
Let's think about this then, what is it that makes this salvation that
Jesus brought to life so great? What is it about salvation that makes a
person want to take part in that? This salvation is great because it's eternal
in nature. We’re not talking about being saved temporarily or momentarily.
We’re talking about being saved from sin forever. If one obeys the gospel,
Matthew 25:46 Jesus said, ‘The righteous will go away into eternal life
never ever having to worry about sin and death and all the things that go
along with that.’ When I get to heaven, it'll be eternal in nature.
Sometimes when we think about eternal life, we only think in terms of
time, but when God defined eternal life, God didn't define it based on time.
Here's God's view of eternal life. John 17:3 notice what the Scripture says.
The Bible says in John chapter 17:3 Jesus speaking, “And this is eternal
life that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you
What's eternal life all about? Living forever? Not in the real sense.
That's included in it. Jesus said this is ‘eternal life that they may know you.’
Eternal life is being in a close relationship with God. Having that closeness
that oneness that's the real essence of eternal life.
What else makes this salvation great? This salvation is great because
it is salvation from sin and from Satan. What is it in this life that hurts man?
It's sin and the work of Satan. Sin causes death. It's something we all have
to deal with. Romans 3:10 says “There is none righteous, no not one.” “All
have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. As result of
the fact that all have sinned the Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” Not
dying physically necessarily but spiritual death. ‘The soul who sins shall
surely die.’ It's the death, the eternal destruction of the soul in hell.
Think about in these terms. In Isaiah 59:1-2 the Bible says “The
Lord's ears not heavy that He cannot save, nor His arm shortened that He
cannot save, Lord's ear heavy that He cannot hear, but your sins and your
iniquities have separated you from your God.” Sin is a separation. If eternal
life is being in the closeness of God, then the opposite of that is sin is a
separation from God and from His presence. The good news is Jesus and
the salvation He brought to life gives us hope from sin. Romans 6:23 “The
wages of sin is death.” But aren’t you thankful for the last part of that
verse? “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Not
only am I safe from sin, I also can be saved from Satan and all his devices.
The Bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may
devour. He's actively trying to cause men and women to be lost. Here's the
good news about Jesus salvation: He, Jesus, through death overcame in
the power of death and has released those, who all their lifetime, were
subject to bondage. Jesus defeated death, and He has defeated Satan.
Think about the words of Romans 6:17. Notice this beautiful
statement that Paul makes. The Bible says “God be thanked that though
you were the slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of
doctrine which were delivered, we have the hope that as we have obeyed
the gospel we can know we been delivered from sin and Satan.”
Then there's a third thing that makes this salvation so great. This
salvation is ultimately in that beautiful place we know is heaven or
Paradise. Remember what Jesus told his disciples in John 14? His
disciples had been hearing that Jesus was about to have to leave them. He
was going to go back to the Father and knowing that they would get
discouraged. Jesus said this “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in
God believe also in me. In My Father's house are many mansions. Were it
not so, I would've told you.” And then He said this “I go to prepare a place
for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive
you to myself that where I am there you may be also.”
Jesus has gone to prepare that heavenly place that place where
there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more death; all the former
things have passed away, Revelation 21:4. That place the Bible describes
as Paradise. Jesus said to the thief in Luke 23:43 “This day you shall be
with Me in paradise.”
Don't you long to go to a place like that? I think of the words Romans
8:18 Paul said “We consider that the sufferings of this present time are not
worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
When we think about heaven, that wonderful eternal home of all the
saved, friend that's one of the things that makes salvation so great.
Let's ask another important question about this salvation that Jesus
has invented or brought to life. Who can receive the salvation? Who's it
for? Is it for just a few? Is it just for the elite? Is it just for one group or
The good news is all who are willing to obey Jesus can access the
salvation. Remember again Hebrews 5:8-9. “Though He was a son yet He
learned obedience by the things He has suffered, and having been
perfected He became the author of eternal salvation,” listen, “to all who
obey Him.” This salvation is not prejudiced. It is not biased. It is not just for
one group. Any person who's willing to obey God and submit to Him can
and will be saved.
I love the words of Peter in Acts 10:34-35. The Bible says “Then
Peter opened his mouth and said ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no
partiality,’” but notice ‘every nation who fears Him and works righteousness
is accepted by Him.’” God is not prejudice. God is not partial. The Bible
says ‘Every nation.’ Every nation who does what? ‘Fears Him and works
righteousness can be accepted.’
Friend the good news is this salvation is available to the whole world.
Here's the nature of God. “God wants all men to be saved and come to a
knowledge of the truth,” 1 Timothy 2:4.
How bad does God want that? God wanted so bad. His son, His only
unique son, tasted death for every man. He is the propitiation for our sins.
Not for ours alone, but for the sins of the whole world. When God makes
His invitation, He clearly says “Come to me all you who labor and are
heavy laden,” Matthew 11:28. “Let whosoever will come” God says,
Anyone who is willing to change their life and submit to the will of God
can be saved.
Notice what Paul said to a group of idolatrous people in Acts
17:30-31. The Scripture says “Truly these times of ignorance God
overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” Why?
“Because He has appointed a day that He will judge the world in
righteousness by the man whom He has ordained. And He has given
assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” I know God is willing
and able to save all who will repeat.
All men everywhere, from every nation, who are willing to obey God's
will can partake of this salvation.
There's one final question that we need to ask. How does a person
obey Jesus, the inventor or author of salvation?
Friend, if Jesus is the author and if He is the inventor, He owns the
patent. He holds the right, and He gets to set the guidelines for what a
person must do to be saved. It doesn't matter what I think. It doesn’t matter
what you think or some religious leaders somewhere thinks. Here's what
matters: What does the Scripture say? Romans 4:3, Jeremiah 37:17.
What has God said one must do to become a Christian?
It's this simple if you will do what God says in the Bible, you can
partake of this salvation. I love the words of Mary at the wedding in Cana in
John 2. Somehow Mary has sensed that Jesus is going to perform His first
miracle turning the water into grape juice, turning the water into wine. In
John 2 when she realizes Jesus is going to do this, she turns to the
servants and says “Whatever He,” Jesus, “says to you do it.”
Any person who will have that mindset ‘Whatever God says to me in
the Bible, I'm going to do it,’ that person can be saved. In fact look at what
Jesus said. Jesus realized it wasn't enough just to verbalize His name, but
you had to do what He said. Notice Matthew 7:21. The Bible says Jesus
speaking “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” It
isn’t enough just to look up and say ‘Lord, Lord’ you've got to be willing to
do what God says. Jesus asked this haunting question to the religious elite
to the Pharisees in Luke 6:46 Jesus said “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’
and do not do the things which I say?”
Friend it is true that if I'm going to be saved, I have to obey Jesus.
Obedience is essential to salvation. In fact, you can't say you love God if
you're not willing to obey Him. Did you know that's what Jesus said? Jesus
simply said “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
What must a person do then to be saved? What does Jesus say I've
got a do to be saved?
The Scriptures clearly teaches that a person must first hear the word
of God. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6 “without faith it's impossible to
please God.” If I have to have faith to please God, then whatever way I get
faith is essential.
How do I get faith in God? Romans 10:17 tells us “Faith comes by
hearing and hearing by the word of God.” To be saved I first must hear the
word of God, which creates faith in the individual member. Jesus said every
one of the seven congregations in Revelation and in every one of those
letters Jesus said “To him that has ears let him hear.” I must listen carefully
what God says, and only except His word as the final truth.
Secondly then I must believe in Jesus. Here's what Jesus said. Jesus
said “Unless you believe that I'm He, you'll surely die in your sins,” John
8:24. It can't stop at the point ‘believe only.’
There's more to being saved then just believing in Jesus. A person
also has to repent. The Bible says Jesus speaking in Luke 13:3-5, “I tell
you no, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
Repentance is a turn. Acts 3:19 Peter preached “Repent and turn
again that your sins may be blotted out.”
Are you willing today not only to believe in Jesus, not only to accept
His word as the final guide, but to turn from a life of sin to a life of serving
If so, would you make that great confession? Jesus taught us it was
essential to confess Him before men. Jesus said “If you won’t confess me
before men neither will I confess you before the Father who is in heaven,”
Having made that great confession, would you be immersed in water
to obey Jesus?
Here's how plain and how simple Jesus made it, in Mark 16:16 Jesus
said “He that believes and is baptized will be saved.” If you've got the
mindset ‘Whatever Jesus says, I'm going to do it,’ then friend you have got
to realize Jesus said you must believe and be baptized. For what reason?
To be saved. That's in accord with the first gospel sermon in Acts 2. When
they cried out “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” The answer was
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins.” Baptism is not something you do two weeks after
saved. It's not something that is just something good to do. It is necessary.
The Bible says “One must be born of water and spirit to get into the
kingdom of God,” John 3:5.
We ask you today, are you sure you've accessed this great
salvation? He is, Jesus is, the author of eternal salvation to all who obey.
Ask yourself: Have I really obeyed the word of God? Are you sure
today? Don't wonder. Don't guess.
Are you sure, based on the knowledge of God's word that you’re
If not, we encourage you today get your life right. Make sure you
have accessed the great salvation before it's everlastingly too late.
Study Questions for Topical Lesson 2:
“Jesus, the author of eternal salvation”
1. According to Hebrews 4:15, can Jesus sympathize with us?
2. According to Hebrews 4:15, how was Jesus tempted? Did He sin?
3. What does 1 Peter 2:22 say of Jesus?
4. Who takes away the sins of the world according to John 1:29?
5. How does Mark 7:37 summarize Jesus’ life?
6. According to 1 John 2:1-2, why were the things written?
7. According to 1 John 2:1-2, if we sin who is our advocate?
8. According to Hebrews 2:9, what did He taste for every man?
9. What does Matthew 25:46 say about the righteous?
10. What’s the free gift of God according to Romans 6:23?