For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10).

The word archegos (translated “captain” in the verse above) occurs four times in the New Testament. It has a rich history in secular Greek.

This compound word was used to identify:

  • The hero who founded a city, bequeathed it his name, and served as the guardian of its citizens.

  • The head of a family—its source and benchmark.

  • The founder of a school whose disciples devotedly learned his teaching and imitated his lifestyle.

  • The military commander who led his troops into battle and—as the tip of the spear—blazed a trail for them to follow into victory.

Hero. Founder. Guardian. Source. Benchmark. Master. Commander. Trailblazer. Leader.

Each of these weighty terms fits Jesus most appropriately. He is the archegos of life (Acts 3:15), the archegos and Savior who provides God’s plan of salvation (Acts 5:31), the archegos and finisher of faith (Hebrews 12:2).

What an archegos we have in Jesus!

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