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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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A Salvation So Great
In Hebrews chapter two the writer says we need to give attention to what we hear concerning the Word of God and Jesus Christ because He is exalted higher than the angels or the Old Testament high priests. We live in a day, however, that there are more important things to do, things to see or hear and more important places to go. But there is a danger in not paying attention to and heeding God’s Word. The writer says lest at any time you let them slip. That means if we fail to heed then we may lose what we do hear; we may allow them to seep through our thoughts and minds. If you ignore a wooden bucket and let the weather attack it, it will become dried up and useless. If a person ignores God’s Word and doesn’t heed it they will not retain it and will become too, useless. If one disrespects the message or the messenger God may remove them and leave us to ourselves. For if what the angels spoke in the Old Testament were true and every sin and disobedience received punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect a salvation so great? This phrase has been used many times to encourage sinners to salvation but in reality the writer is using it to encourage the believing Jew and Christians alike to not neglect this great salvation. He used the word neglect not reject. We have already accepted the gospel message but far too many times we are guilty of neglecting it and the wooing and message of the Holy Spirit to us. This message is great because of five separate things which we will look at.
The first thing we will see is that God planned it. All the way back, before the garden of Eden; back to the foundation of the world God planned salvation for all mankind. In His infinite knowledge He knew man would sin. He knew He would lose fellowship with man so He already had devised a plan whereby man could be saved. In Revelation 5:12 John wrote “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power”. John wrote again in Revelation 13:8 that He was “slain from the foundation of the world”. In the mind of God and His only begotten Son Jesus was slain before mankind came about because God knew man would need a Savior. Because man needed a Savior Jesus was born into the world through a virgin and lived a perfect life in order to be the perfect propitiation for man’s sins. In God’s plan some had to pay the price for our salvation and Jesus did that with His blood which He shed on Calvary. Again in Revelation 5:9 it is written “For Thou wast slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood”.
The next thing we will see is that the devil hates it. He hates anything to do with God. He tried to equate himself with God only to be cast out of Heaven and now he is the eternal enemy of God and all that represents God. He tried to kill Jesus before He ever made it to the cross. While He was in Nazareth in the synagogue the Pharisees despised His teaching and were going to throw Him over the brow of the hill but He simply passed through them. Again He taught that He was greater than Abraham and they took up stones to cast at Him to kill Him and again He passed through them. Several other times He was threatened with death yet He had an appointment with the cross and He knew He must meet it. Because the devil couldn’t defeat Him he now tries to change the message of the gospel to deceive mankind and is doing a good job of deception in these days.
The third thing we will see about this great salvation is that the sinner needs it. Man in his natural state is lost without God. He needs a Savior or else he will die in his sin and be separated from God for eternity in the lake of fire. All men need this salvation for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Paul wrote in Romans 3:10 “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one”. God will have all men to be saved. He didn’t send Jesus to die for a few select people but He died for all men as Paul wrote in First Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth”. Jesus told Nicodemus in John three “Ye must be born again” and that is still the command today for all men, for all are sinners.
Fourthly, we see that this salvation is great because Jesus purchased it for us. We already saw the price of salvation was the precious blood of Jesus. Man couldn’t purchase it himself. Silver and gold have no value when we are talking about salvation. The purchase price took the shedding of His blood. Romans 3:24-25 says “Being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins”. Jesus purchased it in order to be able to make it available to us in a gift because the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Then we see that this great salvation is appropriated by faith. I’m not talking about a head knowledge of who Jesus is. I’m not talking about man’s intellect. It’s not about a decision you may have made and you remained in your sin. But I am talking of a faith that changes the way you walk, talk and act. True faith in Jesus Christ changes a person as Paul wrote in Second Corinthians 5:17 when he said “all things become new”. We need to shun the sermons and the preachers where little is made of repentance.
We should not shun this great salvation but we who are saved should make full use of it. We should live it, tell about it and brag on it. Neglect means to pay no attention to. How many in these days take God for granted and ignore Him? May God help us to make full prove of this great salvation.