Alternative View - August 16, 2016

Consequences of Neglect

In His Presence: Psalms 103:12

Husbands often take their wives for granted; wives often take their husbands for granted. In much the same way, Christians often take “so great a salvation for granted (Hebrews 2:3). It is a salvation that cost God His Son. It is a salvation that has given us eternal life. Our salvation has provided us with the enablement of the Holy Spirit. This salvation has given to us the authority of God’s Word. It has provided us a home in heaven. This is a salvation that’s replete with eternal rewards. It calms the most hurting heart and restores the broken life. How can people neglect that kind of salvation?

Nothing and no one can compare with this salvation. How can we pass over this? We will not escape; there is a price. “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him, for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives’ . . .  But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons” (Hebrews 12:4-8).

The natural product of being a Christian is to be disciplined as a son. But neglecting our great salvation comes with further discipline, because the discipline must turn us away from our wandering.

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