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The Firstborn of Salvation
by Wayne Blank
"He became the author of eternal salvation"
The Scriptures don't state exactly when Jesus Christ became aware of who He was, and what He was, although He did seem very mindful of it by the time that He was twelve, as explained in the verses below. Curiously, He seemed better aware than His human parents, even though they obviously had to have known who He was, if not how He was going to die.
"Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast."
While Jesus of Nazareth definitely was the Son of God, by virtue of His miraculous conception through the Holy Spirit of God, He was nevertheless as human as you or I. The only difference is that He was sinless, not because He couldn't have sinned, but because He didn't sin.
"For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15 KJV)
Because He was as human as any other, Jesus Christ was subject to death the same as any other - they couldn't have crucified Him if He weren't. The verses in the opening paragraph record how He prayed to God to be saved from death, not physical death, since He knew that He was the "Lamb of God" whose purpose was to be sacrificed, but eternal death. Jesus prayed to be resurrected from the dead "when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save him from death." (see above). And then, through Him, all of humanity can be saved from death, like Christ, through Resurrections from death because "He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him."
The Christ repeatedly warned however that salvation is only available for those who obey God as best that they humanly can; the rest are going to burn.
"And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." (Matthew 3:10 KJV)
Fact Finder: Was the Christ the first to be granted salvation?