Chapter 49 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. When it comes to salvation, many intend to get right with God someday, but someday could be too late.
This week’s question: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2.3).
This could be the most important question for someone reading this!
We have probably all had something, sometime, that we have neglected: something we should have studied more, something we should have taken better care of, or something we should have paid attention to. It could be something minor or something major like a relationship or our physical health.
But there is one thing we can not afford to neglect: our eternal destiny. Hawkins quotes the old adage that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That could literally be true for some.
There are three words that describe the response of every person toward the gospel: reject, accept, or neglect.
Some individuals have flat-out rejected the gospel message. They have consciously and deliberately refused the gift of eternal life.
Other people have accepted the free gift of eternal life offered them through Jesus Christ our Lord. They have heard the gospel message, believed it, received it by faith, repented of their sins, and trusted in His finished work to save them.
Finally, some individuals see themselves in a sort of spiritual no-man’s land. They have neither rejected the gospel, nor have they accepted it. They are among the vast throng who have neglected the divine offer of salvation; they have simply put off the decision for the present. They are deceived into thinking there will always be adequate time to name Jesus as their Savior and Lord before they die.
The writer of Hebrews warned that our hearts can become hardened (Hebrews 3: 8). The apostle Paul added that those who continue to neglect Jesus’ invitation to eternal life can become “past feeling” (Ephesians 4: 19). The Greek word found here is the same from which we derive our English word callus. I have a callus on my hand that has become so hardened I can stick a pin into it and not even feel any pain. That skin is “past feeling.” And this same kind of callus can appear on a human heart that continues to neglect the call of the gospel. Every time God calls us to decide and we postpone our decision, the callus on our heart gets a bit thicker.
This week’s question has eternal consequences: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”
There is no escape from eternal separation from God if we neglect the salvation Jesus offers us. Only three roads lie before us. You can take the road less traveled and accept the gospel. You can take the road some travel and flat-out reject it. Or, tragically, you can continue on down the road and neglect the gospel to your own eternal peril.
Not to decide is to decide!
Next week’s question: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2.14).
Last week’s question: “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?” (1 Corinthians 6.19). Read it here.
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