Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Such a great Salvation

Hebrews 2:1-3 (ESV)
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. [2] For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, [3] how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,

How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? People want to blame God. If we are damend to hell it is our own damn fault. Not Gods. People want to blame god for the bad things that happen to them. They want to blame God for lost brothers and sisters. Everything that is wrong in this world is wrong because of man not God. This includes the fact that many never hear the gospel. But if we neglect such a great salvation, how shall we escape?
Such a great salvation. God died. That is our salvation. It is incredible! It is a great salvation. It is incomprehensible, believable, and yet not understandable. Perhaps not even believable. Faith is an act and gift of God, it grabs hold of this great salvation. It takes an act of God for us to believe. That act is the Holy Spirit working through the word. Such a great salvation. For us men and for our salvation God of God, light of light, came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made Man, and was crucified ALSO FOR US under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the Third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven. (According to the scriptures, would maybe better said or understood as “in accordance with the scriptures.” The meaning here is not that the New Testament says he rose again on the third day, and that is the only testimony or reason we have to believe this. No, the meaning is that when Christ rose again on the third day, he fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament scriptures. He did everything in accordance with what the scriptures said the messiah would do.) What a great salvation! What more do you want God to do for you? I get tired of it. If you neglect that, you deserve to go to hell, you miserable wretch.
This is why the second chapter of Hebrews starts out with such a strong admonition for us to pay much closer attention to what we have heard lest we drift away. It is possible to lose faith. It is possible to starve faith out, to let it drift away. If we don’t hear it and constantly hear it, it is easy to lose sight of the cross and the great salvation. The weeds come and choke out the wheat. But it is such a great salvation, you can spend a lifetime learning it, and never fully understand. Faith though will remain alive where this great salvation is proclaimed, and the Holy Spirit is at work in the word.

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