The Prince of Salvation
Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 5:9
I have put these passages together because of their similarity. In discussing the doctrine which they contain--the doctrine of salvation through the mediatorial work of Christ, I purpose to consider--First, His relation to believers, as the author, captain, or prince of their salvation; Secondly, His perfect qualification, through meritorious sufferings, to sustain that relation; and Thirdly, The character of those who are interested in him as a Saviour.
I. Christ is the prince of our salvation. He is the great antetype of Moses, Joshua, Samson, and David. Their deeds of pious valor faintly foreshadowed the glorious achievements of the Captain of our salvation.
He is a prince in our nature. The Lord from heaven became the second Adam, the seed of the, woman, the offspring of David. Divinity and humanity were mysteriously united in his person. The Word that was in the beginning was made flesh, and tabernacled among us. God is now nearer to his people than ever. The Lamb's bride is bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. As the children were partakers of flesh and blood, he himself took part of the same. By taking human nature into union with himself, be has imparted to believers a new and divine life.
Our Prince has conquered our adversaries. His name is Michael, the power of God. He is the mighty prince that stood up on behalf of his people, and bruised Satan under their feet. He has cast out the strong man, and his goods. He has demolished the kingdom of darkness, spoiled principalities and powers, and made a show of them openly. He has proved to earth and heaven that the devil is a usurper, and has no claim whatever to the title, "God of this world," and "Prince of this world." When Christ was crucified, hell quaked to its centre. Then he obtained liberty for the captives, and the opening of the prisons to them that are bound. His victory is our manumission from the slavery of sin an ...
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