The Bible is chock full of the Good News. There’s the Romans Road (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10), Ephesians 2:1-10 (my personal favorite), John 3:16 and much, much more. But one of the most underrated, powerful pictures of the gospel can be found in a transition sentence near the beginning of the book of Hebrews.
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
He, for whom and by whom all things exist
This is God the Father. Not only is He the creator of all things (Genesis 1), but the entire universe was created for His glory. We may be created in the image of God, but we are not the reason for creation, God is.
In bringing many sons to glory
When we are redeemed by the sacrificial suffering of Christ (more on that in a bit), we are not only redeemed from our sin. We are also redeemed to the family of God. Romans 8:23 says, “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” This redemption happens for God’s glory. Remember, all things exist for Him, even our salvation.
Should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering
The author of Hebrews isn’t saying that Jesus was not perfect before He suffered and died for our sins. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Instead what Hebrews 2:10 is saying is that Christ’s suffering and death were the perfect sacrifice for the salvation of His people. In fact, it is Christ’s perfect obedience to God that made Him the perfect sacrifice.
What a beautiful picture of God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice. God, the author and creator of everything, for whom all things were created, sent His son to live a perfectly obedient human life, making Him the perfect sacrificial payment for our sins. When we repent and believe in Christ as our Lord and our Savior, we are adopted into God’s family for our good and for His glory. Amen!
By Rob Trahan