Questions from the New Testament; How shall we escape, if we ignore such a great salvation? – (Part 35 in series)
Today we will begin to look at another question that is found in the New Testament from Hebrews 2:3. The scripture reads, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.” So, the question that we will ask ourselves over the next few weeks is, “How shall we escape, if we ignore so great a salvation?”
Today, let us begin to look at the first area, a great provision. The great provision that God has made for everybody can be summed up in one word – salvation. But one might ask, “What does this word mean?” Does it mean simply that if we are saved we shall go to heaven when we die, or does it mean being religious, going to church and saying our prayers?
I believe the Bible does the best job at illustrating this meaning in Luke 15:3-7. Here Jesus gives us the parable of the lost sheep. The sheep was away from the shepherd, unhappy, wandering, outside the fold and in danger. Then, the shepherd searched for and found the sheep, placed it on his shoulder and once again the sheep was happy and safe. This picture shows us the meaning of salvation, which provides for the complete restoration of the sinner. It is the provision that God has made for bringing us back into fellowship with Himself and into the safety of the fold.
Therefore, the writer of Hebrews uses two qualifying words when speaking of salvation. The words he uses is a “great salvation,” but more than that, he speaks of “so great salvation.” We need to understand that it is a great salvation because of the great love that provided it. There is an old hymn that says, “Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan. Oh, the grace that brought it down to man. Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span, at Calvary.”
When was that plan made? It was established in eternity past when the plan was made by God even before the creation of the earth or man. “Oh, the grace that brought it down to man.”
When did salvation come down to man? In time and in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, through His death, burial, and resurrection.
This salvation is great because of the great love that prompted it and provided it. We all know what John 3:16 says, “God SO loved the world…” Notice the “so” there! That word “so” is like a multiplier. It is a word that shows us the longing of the heart and of the soul of mankind. It is like saying “I love you so much!”
The second reason that salvation is great is because of the great price paid for it. Salvation cost God the best that He had. To provide salvation for us it cost Him the gift of His only Son (1 John 4:9). Think about it like this, creation cost God a word – “Then God said” (Genesis 1:3); but redemption cost Him “the Word” – it cost Him the gift of the Savior who went to the cross to die for us (John 1:1-2:14).
The third reason that salvation is so great is because of the great blessings included in it. Salvation includes every blessing that we need, because salvation provides for our need completely in the gift of Christ Himself (Ephesians 1:3). When we talk about being saved, we mean being forgiven (Acts 13:38-39); being cleansed (1 John 1:7); receiving eternal life (1 John 5:11-12); having joy (1 Peter 1:8); peace (Philippians 4:7); grace (2 Corinthians 9:8); and heaven as our home (John 14:1-3).
What a great provision God has made for us!
I would like to invite you to come and worship with us at First Baptist Church Timpson. Each Sunday we have Sunday School at 9:30am and worship service at 10:45am. Also, we will be starting our Wednesday Evening services back on April 7th at 6:00pm. Come and join us for these services. We know that there are some who cannot come. You can always watch our Sunday morning service on Facebook Live from our Facebook Page (First Baptist Church-Timpson). If you need us, you can always reach out to us at 936-254-2220 or through our email at email@example.com.
Bro. W Dee Daniel