7768 - Great Salvation


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In Hebrews, chapter 2 the writer calls attention to the great salvation which was consummated on the cross by Jesus Christ.

Listen to Hebrews 2 verses 3 and 4:

How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

This great salvation is God’s provision to overcome the destruction of the evil work done by the devil at the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden (1 Jn. 3:8).

This is the salvation which was foretold and announced by God’s prophets and messengers throughout history after the fall; until Christ’s appearance on earth in order to accomplish God’s work of reconciliation.

This is the salvation, which was meant to be brought to the minds of the people who offered the countless, repetitive sacrifices of the Law. These sacrifices could never take away the sins of the people. They were only a shadow of the coming reality — the sacrifice of Messiah/Christ.

This was the salvation which would be shrouded as a mystery for the people through the ages and generations prior to the coming of Christ (Col. 1:26-27), but made known to the saints who would evidence faith in His life and work after the reality was accomplished.

This salvation was announced by three witnesses.

First, it was announced by the Lord Jesus himself. The first incident in Scripture where Jesus openly makes this announcement was to the Samaritan woman at the water well (John 4:25-26). This woman who was despised by the Jews knew about the promise of Messiah/Christ. In their conversation Jesus told her, “I who speak to you am He.”

It’s recorded that He affirmed to the apostles this truth more than once (Jn. 6:69-70; Mt. 14:33; 16:16-20). Near Caesarea Philippi Peter spoke boldly this truth, and Jesus agreed; but then told them not to tell anyone about this truth. It was not yet a completed reality.

In His preaching Jesus gave glimpses of this truth in statements such as: “I am the light of the world,” and “I have come that they may have life...to the full.”

He also stated to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die...(Jn. 11:25-26).”

After His resurrection Jesus walked with two men on the road to Emmaus. As they talked Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Later he opened the minds of the disciples so they could understand the Scriptures about His suffering, death and resurrection; thus, they eventually understood this great salvation.

The second witness mentioned in this Hebrews passage is comprised by all those who heard Him — the apostles and disciples, and the women who traveled with Him during His life. All doubts vanished and boldness was imparted when the Holy Spirit took up residence in each and every believer at Pentecost.

Paul also was ultimately given the gospel message by Jesus himself. These people traveled across the known world telling the good news about the “Great Salvation.”

Finally, this passage tells us that God also testified to this salvation. God did not broadcast from heaven, but He gave affirming testimony by signs, wonders and various miracles through those who believed. Just think, men and women like you, were used by God to do incredible, implausible things as a witness to skeptical people.

God even sent the Holy Spirit to live in each believer to bear His fantastic fruit in and through our lives.

Oh, what a great salvation God gave us through Jesus Christ; but each one must evidence active, obedient faith in the work and person of Jesus Christ to receive this salvation.

Jesus invites you to do that now if you’ve never done so before.

And we must not drift away.