Saviourhood Shared With Christ
by Norman P. Grubb
The point of the letter to the Hebrews is this—that we see a Heavenly Man—not a God, a Man. The whole glory of Hebrews is a Man in the glory, a God-man in the glory. It’s One who has forever divested His sole God-head and joined His God-head to manhood so that He is the God-man now—with the emphasis on the “man.” And He actually is, at this moment, in the glory, One who has a physical body such as we have, except that it has no blood. The resurrected body has flesh and bones without blood! But it is an actual body with actual wounds forever in it as the evident token through eternity of the sacrifice that He made for us. He is the Man in the glory! |
And, as such, He is given a special title. Now He is given many precious titles in that letter; and you notice all the titles He has in that letter centre around His relationship to us. He’s called the Captain of our Salvation. Hebrews 2:10. Or the Pioneer, the Leader of our Salvation, the God who became man that He might not just independently be a Saviour, but that He might lead us along that way. He leads us. He is the Leader of our salvation. He is the Pioneer. He cut a road through the thick forest of our sins and death and hell and leads us “bringing many sons unto glory,” and leads us marching onward up there to glory. He is called in chapter 3:1 the Apostle that is sent to us, God’s Apostle. “Consider the Apostle sent to us, holy brethren, to fulfill God’s purposes of grace for us.” He is called the Forerunner who has entered heaven on our behalf as the Forerunner. We are to follow Him there. He is called the Mediator of a New Covenant, our covenant by which God puts righteous laws in our hearts and puts our sins behind His back forever. He is called the Surety of a Better Testament. He is called the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is called that Great Shepherd of the Sheep.
Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954