Saved from death

In what sense are we to understand this verse?

Heb. 5.7   In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.

Jesus was heard, and yet he died. So in what sense was he saved? Here are a few sentences from Hugh Martin’s article ‘Christ’s Victory Over Death’ explaining the sense:

But in what sense was He saved from death except in this,–that in the conflict with him that had the power of death He was strengthened to defeat him,–that He was saved from the dominion and power of death,–that He was saved, not from dying, but in dying,–that though not saved from dying, He was saved from dying per force,–that though not saved from dying, He was saved from death, that is, from being passively overpowered by death,–that He was strengthened, through the Eternal Spirit, voluntarily, actively, powerfully to die–and so to die as in dying to offer Himself an infinitely acceptable and delightful offering unto God?

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One Response to “Saved from death”

  1. westportexperiment Says:

    Related to this is how we may understand the salvation of the psalmist in answer to his strong cries. I firmly believe that there is a sense in which our Lord was ‘saved,’ and we are saved in his salvation. Certainly the resurrection is the salvation of Christ from the power of the grave. His salvation, however, was merited directly; ours is merited by His work in our behalf.

    What a grand text!

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