So great salvation.
For those of us who have grown up in the church, it is easy to nod along and affirm basic Bible truths, but forget the rich depth of them.
Amen. Yes. Had that experience. What’s next?
But truth is not something you hear, agree with, and move on. We are to continually ponder, dwell within, and delight in truth.
Salvation. So great a salvation.
The writer of Hebrews uses this phrase in Hebrews 2:3 to warn us not to “neglect so great salvation.”
It is easy to “be saved” and then run off to the next thing on the Christian checklist. But we are never to get over salvation. It is to be our daily reality and experience.
Yes, I was radically saved in a moment in time when, by faith, I experienced God’s forgiveness, grace, mercy, and transforming power. Yet, I need this same salvific work every day—I need Jesus to be my Savior today from temptation and sin.
So great salvation.
Our salvation is truly great. It is immense. We forget that a single sin is enough to condemn us to hell for eternity, yet because of His great love with which He loved us, while we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us (see Romans 5:8).
Salvation is so great that we are told:
- As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12).
- He has cast all our sins behind His back (see Isaiah 38:17b).
- I, even I, [says the LORD] am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins (Isaiah 43:25).
- He will again have compassion on us; He will subdue our iniquities. And You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).
Our salvation is so great because our God is so good.
Nehemiah says of God: “But You are a God of lavish forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness…” (Nehemiah 9:17). Daniel writes that though we have rebelled against God, “To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness” (Daniel 9:9).
Let’s us never get over and progress beyond the great salvation we have in Christ Jesus. Amazingly, the name “Jesus” in Hebrew means “Jehovah Saves”—He is our salvation. Not just once in our life when we become Christians … but He is our salvation every moment of every day.
So great a salvation!