How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]? (Hebrews 2:3, AMP)
Have you considered the greatness of your "great salvation" lately?
A lot of us haven't. Unfortunately, because we often think God is mad at us, when we read this passage in Hebrews at first glance, we immediately view it in a negative light. We get the idea that we better pay attention to our great salvation, because if we don’t – God’s gonna get us! Is that what this passage is telling us or are we missing something?
After all, God is love. He’s a good God. He’s not a schizophrenic Father who blesses and hurts His own children at the same time. He’s not a God who uses fear to motivate us. No, He’s a good Father who gives us His Word and inspires His children to have faith in Him as the loving Father He is. When we choose to believe Him, we experience His grace and goodness. When we neglect His Word, we experience difficulties He never intended.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel didn’t experience judgment, punishment or retribution as random events from an “unpredictable” God. They experienced exactly what the Lord told them would happen if they neglected His commands. When they went their own way and neglected God’s instructions – they suffered. Clearly, it wasn’t the Lord’s will that they suffer – but when they didn’t believe His Word, when they drifted and went their own way – they faced the consequences of their neglect.
I wonder if the Holy Spirit, through the writer of Hebrews, is trying to encourage us to not be like the Old Testament believers who doubted and neglected God and His Word, but rather – we are encouraged to believe God, His Word and the great salvation He’s purchased for us! Because of the price Jesus paid for us to experience this great salvation, the Lord wants us to believe and give it the attention it deserves. When we do – we will experience the greatness of our salvation!
So, how great is our salvation?
Some people think to be “saved” simply means that they are saved from their sins and an eternity in hell. Our great salvation certainly does include that – and that is great – but there’s more!
Salvation, by definition, also includes such blessings as divine healing, deliverance, preservation, and more! The word “saved” comes from the Greek word “sozo” and it includes the classic meaning of being forgiven and saved from our sins. It also includes being: rescued...delivered...kept safe...preserved...healed...and similar words that refer to being made completely well. We see the Greek word “sozo” being used to describe forgiveness, healing and preservation throughout the New Testament.
Today, let’s not neglect or drift from the Lord and our great salvation. If you need the power of God for salvation to be manifested in your life – in any area – go ahead – believe and receive it! Then, let’s share the good news of this great salvation with everyone in our sphere of influence!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:16-17, NKJV)
"Father, I thank You for Your great salvation! You are such a good God – I will not neglect or drift from You or Your Word. Today, I receive the greatness of this great salvation that Jesus purchased – in the forgiveness of my sins, being rescued, delivered, kept safe, preserved and healed from anything that would come against my life. (If necessary, be specific and tell the Lord the areas of your life in which you receive His great salvation.) In Jesus’ Name. Amen."