The Source of Eternal Salvation
When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He enrolled us in His divine project—transforming us to become men of God. This can only be done by Him, but He does not force us to join the project. We are the ones who have to submit ourselves to be processed by Him.
Hebrews 5:9 says, “And, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”. Lord Jesus already gave us an incredible example: He showed His obedience to death, even death on a cross. Once He reached this perfection, He became the source of eternal salvation. In the original tongue, the word “source” is αίτιος (aítios), which can also be translated as “author”, or “causer”.
After His triumph over all temptations and death, Lord Jesus is also able to process the believers to be perfect like Him. But this only works if they are obedient. In the above verse, the Greek word for “obey” is υπακούουσιν (hypakoú’ousin), which also means “listen attentively”. In other words, it is clear that our response towards God’s grace has a great value. If we want to be processed by Jesus, we have to listen attentively to His word—work hard to learn everything he taught us.
This learning process is not simple, for it seizes all of our life. This is no “part-time project”; it requires our total attention and efforts. Sacrifice and risk everything we have to Him. Unless we are willing to give up everything, never will we become His disciple; never will we become men of God (Luke 14:33).
No wonder Lord Jesus warned the people who wanted to follow Him, “Estimate first the cost” (Luke 14:28). His project costs a lot, it is no child’s play. If we want to go somewhere within 2-kilometer distance, do we need to plan the budget? But if we want to go to another continent across the ocean, it is wise for us to sit down and plan the budget beforehand. Even more necessary if we want to enter the Kingdom of God!
Yes, following the Lord is tough, and its price is astronomical. However if we are willing to pay the price, then the grace of eternal salvation become ours completely. We will become children of God who have been transformed in His amazing ways. We will possess the high moral standards of God, serve Him wholeheartedly, and live in a harmonious relationship with Him. These are the clear signs that we will be worthy to be glorified with our Lord Jesus Christ. Are you willing to pay the price?