Redemption: So Great and Free
INTRODUCTION: In Hebrews 2:3, ''How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?''
In my November 5th DEVOTIONAL I read,
''Is there a sense of greatness in your mind about your salvation? Or do you neglect it?
Do you respond to the greatness of your salvation? Or do you treat it the way you treat your will or the title to your car or the deed on your house? You signed it once and it is in a file drawer somewhere, but it is not a really great thing. It has no daily effect on you. Basically you neglect it.
Only, what is it really-this great salvation? What he's really saying is:
-Don't neglect being loved by God.
-Don't neglect being forgiven and accepted and protected and strengthened and guided by Almighty God.
-Don't neglect the sacrifice of Christ's life on the cross.
-Don't neglect the free gift of righteousness imputed by faith.
-Don't neglect the removal of God's wrath and the reconciled smile of God.
-Don't neglect the indwelling Holy Spirit and the fellowship and friendship of the living Christ.
-Don't neglect the radiance of God's glory in the face of Jesus.
-Don't neglect the free access to the throne of grace.
-Don't neglect the inexhaustible treasure of God's promise.''
It is in the context of our Salvation that the Lord Redeemed, Justified, Sanctified and one day will Glorify.
THE REVEALING OF CHRIST'S RIGHTEOUSNESS, IT'S PROVISION 21-22
A. The Not 21
''apart from the law'' - sometimes refers to legalism, the strict, self-dependent trust in one's own effort to perform to the level of divine morality.
EXAMPLE: Luke 18:9-11
''Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: '''Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers ...
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