How Shall We Escape . . .
The Cross of Calvary will always elicit a passionate response. It will repel or draw, incite rebellion or yielded obeisance. It demands every human being to decide what to do with the offer of so great a salvation:
How shall we escape (appropriate retribution) if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation (as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever)? For it was declared at first by the Lord (Himself), and it was confirmed to us and proved to be real and genuine by those who personally heard (Him speak). Hebrews 2:3 (Amp)
If we neglect it’s implication and refuse to pay attention to it, we will most certainly find our lives shipwrecked upon the Rock that will grind us to powder:
Everyone who falls on that Stone will be broken (in pieces); but upon whomever It falls, It will crush him (winnow him and scatter him as dust). Luke 20:18 (AMP)
The decision to cast their lives upon the Stone (Christ Jesus) has been left entirely up to each individual. The wrong decision inevitably leads to utter destruction as surely as the right decision leads to a life of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost and the promise of everlasting life.
Grace has been extended in such a lavish display of the love of God that we, too often, consider that it must have had no cost. This we do much in the same way we take the universe with all of its galaxies for granted, smugly suggesting that all of the harmonic symphony of mass, motion and light were a happenstance explosion of extremely heavy, albeit infinitesimal matter, without explaining where this matter might have originated.
It Cost God Everything . . .
The simple truth is, it cost God everything. Grace is free to receive by faith, but not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through (your) faith. And this (salvation) is not of yourselves (of your own doing, it came not through your own striving), but it is the gift of God; Not because of works (not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands), lest any man should boast. (It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.) Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP)
Grace carries the love of God that never fails, and, therefore, the power of God.
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16 (AMP)
Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end) . . . 1 Corinthians 13:8 (AMP)
It carries His wealth, in that “He became poor that we might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9), and His healing provision because, “by His wounds you were healed” 1 Pet. 2:24 (Amp), as well as every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).
What more do we want? How can we neglect what cost God everything? How can we but give our all to Him who gave His all for us? Let us fall on “that Stone” and allow our “self ” to “be broken (in pieces)” so that we, following after, “may apprehend that for which also (we were) apprehended of Christ Jesus. Philip. 3:12 (KJV).
Choose this day Whom you will serve. It’s a matter of life and death.
What will you do?