Hebrews 2:3 speaks of the danger that one incurs if he “neglects so great a salvation.” Imagine a person standing in a burning building and neglecting the call of firefighters who have come to rescue him. Or imagine a person drowning in the water making light of the life guard that is attempting to rescue him. We all would see the folly of those individuals who neglect so great a salvation. Further, imagine a person who was pulled from a burning building or rescued from drowning in the water who afterwards made light of their salvation, for-got about it, or acted as if it never happened. In both cases, it would be foolish to neglect so a great of salvation.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we should never neglect our great salvation. Rather we should exercise great care in knowing, understanding, and living in light of our great salvation. As believers, our salvation is so great that the core of our identity has been changed. A saved person is not the same person that they use to be. 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” We have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 provides a list of a variety of types of sinners and then we read these powerful words: “and such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” What a great salvation, so that our identity as a person has been completely changed. A child of God who has been saved by the blood of Christ is not who he once was. It would be foolish for us as believers to neglect so great a salvation.
This summer our Life Link Ministry will embark on a study entitled, “So Great a Salvation: Understanding Your Identity in Christ.” I would like to encourage everyone to participate. If you need to be saved or if you know someone who needs to be saved, this study will describe the great salvation that Christ offers to you. But if you are already saved, this study will be of great encouragement and benefit to you by helping you not to neglect this great salvation. You see, it is vital that I understand my identity in Christ. If I’m ignorant or confused about who I am as a believer, then I will struggle to live for Christ as I ought. Identity confusion always leads to lifestyle confusion.
Life Link ministry is a small group ministry of First Baptist Church of Hamburg for all ages that is designed to connect you with others for a time of Bible study, building relationships, and praying together. This year there will be groups that meet on Tuesday nights and Wednesday nights. Most groups will meet in various homes, however one of the Wednesday night groups will meet at church. You are invited to join any group that still has space availa-ble! In order to ensure that each group has the appropriate space, we ask that you register for the group in which you would like to participate by signing up on the sign-up sheet in the church foyer.
So make plans now to attend and invite others to attend as we give careful attention to the great salvation that we have in Christ. The study will be beneficial and the fellowship you share with your group will be an encouragement as well!