How thrilling in our Bible study where we suddenly see new light on an old scripture!
In the previous post we discussed Heb. 2:3 and how we must “Not Neglect So Great a Salvation” By Using Our Spiritual Tools.” I always saw that we must not neglect. But the emphasis should be on:
So great a salvation!
This insight incubated over the past year as I was writing a condensed version of the Bible.
Genesis to Revelation really impressed on me how awesome is the great salvation God has in store for us! 1) Us becoming part of the Family 2) Us helping others become part of the Family.
When you see what a great salvation is offered you, you don’t have to fight so hard about neglecting it because you want it so much more!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).
In John 1 we learn about how
God and the Word—lived together in love, joy and harmony for who knows how long. Their favorite joke might have been: “We’ve gotta stop doing this!” And then the other would laugh: “We never started!”
The givers of abundant living surely were living it (John 10:10). Those promising “fullness of joy [and] pleasures forevermore” no doubt live a good, fun life (Psa. 16:11)! Paul says They promised us eternal life before time began (Tit. 1:2).
God and the Word wanted to share their life with other God Beings including us! So They came up with their glorious plan of salvation and the Holy Days that picture it! They would reproduce themselves! Two God Beings will become billions.
Adam & Eve—God created them to live in the Garden of Eden with the Tree of Life and told them to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28). At His return Jesus will begin transforming the earth into a Garden of Eden (Isa. 51:3) with access to the Tree of Life (Rev. 22:2). The Tree of Life symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and we are the temple of God with the Holy Spirit actually living in us! (1 Cor. 6:18-19).
Abraham—desired a “better … heavenly country … a city” (Heb. 11:16). God will bring the New Jerusalem where the Bride of Christ will live down to the new earth (Rev. 21:2).
Moses & Joshua—led Israel to the promised land. We can be in the first resurrection with them to assist Jesus in establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth for the meek.
David—His throne and dynasty would continue unconditionally (Psa. 89) until the Messiah of the Davidic branch would come sit on the throne of David!
David said “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His Temple” (Psa. 27:4, New Living Translation). But he said he’s be happy to be a doorkeeper (Psa. 84:10).
Jesus will make the resurrected David king over the 12 Tribes of Israel (Ezk. 37:24). David knew that eventually “all things” [the universe!] would be put under man’s feet (Psa. 8:6).
Such a great salvation includes that we have been given “exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4). We can have the mind of Christ! (Php. 2:5).
We have the blessed hope of being in
The first resurrection
which is the better resurrection (Heb. 11:35)—a double blessing for the firstborn (Deut. 21:17). Only those in the first resurrection will become unveiled as the Bride of Christ! It appears as if sons and daughters to come will be considered a product of that marriage. If we think marrying our spouse changed our life, wait until we’re married to Christ!
A second huge blessing will be to get in on the ground floor of the Millennium and the Kingdom, like if you had started working for Microsoft at its beginning which would have meant great reward and opportunity for growth and promotion.
Speculation abounds about what comes after the end of the Bible. If God and the Word spent so much detailed thought preparing their plan of salvation for up to Rev. 22, imagine what they have intricately planned for the rest of eternity!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9 NLT).
God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20).
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:18-19).
So let’s put nothing above
♦ “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Rom. 2:7).
♦ building our relationship with God and building the Family of God.
Yes, we must not neglect using the five spiritual tools in our Christian toolbox: daily Bible study, fervent prayer, fasting, meditation and Sabbath/Holy Day assembly.
But we won’t have nearly so much trouble fighting against neglecting so great a salvation if we keep ever in mind how great a salvation is offered us!