So Great Salvation
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
The book of Hebrews is absolutely fascinating. It is hard, difficult to understand. There is no book in the New Testament which presents more unsettled problems for the average reader. We're not certain as to what the title of the book is supposed to be. We don't really know the name of the author. We cannot be dogmatic as to when it was written. We do not know where it was written or to whom it was to be sent.
But I do know this. It is the word of God, and I believe it presents to us the most exalted picture of Christ to be found anywhere in the Bible. It is a book that has some of the most powerful and penetrating exhortations for the believer that can be found.
I believe that this epistle to the Hebrews was written primarily for the purpose of challenging Christians to go on and grow into Christian maturity. I believe that the ones to whom this epistle was written were genuine Christians, but I believe they were suffering from a state of arrested development in their Christian pilgrimage. They were not growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. They were in kindergarten when they should be moving on to graduate school. They were also hindered and aggravated by the pressures of a hostile world.
Basically, the writer of Hebrews is saying to these Christians, "Get up, move out, go on with God, go on to Christian maturity."
We need to hear the admonition of Hebrews today. We have too many people in our churches who are physical giants but spiritual pygmies. We need to go on with God.
I heard a pastor say some time ago that if his Sunday School was graded on the basis of spiritual maturity that he would have the biggest nursery department in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Another pastor was asked, "How big is your church field?"
He said, "Well, it's about 15 miles wide and two inches deep."
How much depth is there to your Christian experience? Are you growing in gr ...
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