How Shall We Escape?

"How shall we escape--if we neglect such a great salvation?" Hebrews 2:3

God has provided a great and glorious salvation--a salvation for sinners who are lost, ruined, and undone. This salvation is revealed in the everlasting gospel, and is to be received and enjoyed by simple faith. It is a salvation from sin--in its guilt, power, and consequences. It is a salvation from Hell--with all its horrors. It is a salvation which is perfected in Heaven amidst the glories of the beatified. It was devised by infinite wisdom in the covenant of peace; it was procured by the life, labors, and death of Jesus; and it is now offered to sinners without money and without price. Whoever will, may come and receive this glorious salvation. But many neglect it. They trifle with God's mercy, let the most glorious opportunity slip--and then in intense agony have to exclaim, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended--and we are not saved!"

To prevent this, the apostle proposes the question, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" If we neglect to secure a saving interest in it now--how shall we escape the terrible storm of wrath which shall fall on the ungodly? How shall we endure the punishment due to our transgressions? A slighted Savior, a neglected salvation, a lost Heaven--will embitter the pains of Hell, beyond the powers of calculation!

That we might have been saved, and would not; that we were offered salvation, and refused it--will fill us with the bitterest regrets and most tremendous agony. O my soul, if found among those who neglect Jesus, slight the gospel invitation, and treat God with contempt--what will you do? Are you safe? Safe now, and safe forever? Remember you can only perish by your own act and deed. Hell is but the just wages of sin.

"Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong--in the days that I shall deal with you!" Ezekiel 22:14