Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 37 Day 5
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Hebrews 2:10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
This iconic image of Daniel Boone is usually used to represent the American Spirit of bold endeavor and a pioneer spirit. The word pioneer in the Greek (protoporos) Encompasses a whole range of meaning especially, one who is first, and one who is the champion. Jesus is our champion of holiness. He went before all others and by the force of his will in conjunction with the grace of God achieved what no one else had ever come to in all the long history of humankind, save perhaps Enoch of Old testament fame. (Genesis 5:24) Enoch, however, did not take upon himself the sin of his people. He walked, one assumes, uprightly before God all his days and was no more.
What Jesus did, who He is, represents what John Wesley has termed Christian perfection. To you and I in our limited syntactical range of thinking we understand the word in one dimension only, that of flawlessness in relation to the law. In the New Testament the Greek word teleios means more accurately complete. A foundation may be complete, but may not be anything so much as that which is built upon. We have muddied the waters so much with our frankly useless internecine arguments about what perfection, or sanctification really is that we have been rather more pleased to score points in the arguing than to live out the spirit of our pioneer Jesus. Forgive us Lord.