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The Daily Word of Righteousness
So Great Salvation, #5
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. (Hebrews 6:8)
The Book of Hebrews is a warning to Christians to beware of falling away, telling the believers clearly the consequences of neglecting to serve Christ with a perfect heart.
It is the overemphasis on grace, the position that salvation is unconditional, that is responsible for the abominations being practiced in the nations of the world. The Christians are not revealing in their behavior the light of godly behavior—which is the only moral light of the world.
The blame for the condition of the world rests on the Christian churches that teach that Divine grace makes it possible for us to ignore the commandments of Christ and still please God. It is this doctrinal error that is to blame for the degeneration of morals in the earth, and the resulting Gentile holocaust that is at the door.
The unfruitful Christian is an adversary of God (Hebrews 10:26).
There are five dimensions that taken together answer the question, What is man? As soon as we have attained maturity in each of these five dimensions we have become "man." We have inherited the fullness of salvation.
What is man?
A son of God.
The image of God.
An incomplete, dependent person.
The source of fruitfulness.
The throne of God.
Behold the Man, the Lord Jesus Christ! He is what God means by man.
He is the Son of God.
He is the image of God.
He is by His own choice an incomplete, dependent Person.
He is the fruitful Vine.
He is the Throne of God. He possesses all authority in Heaven and on the earth.
Therefore, Christ is "man" and Heir of the fullness of the Divine salvation.
Are there to be more heirs of so great salvation?
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10)
We are the brothers of the Lord Jesus Christ, born of the same Father. Jesus has been made like us in all things.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17)
The Lord God is bringing many sons to glory.
We do not as yet see the believers in the fullness of their inheritance. We do see Jesus. He reveals in Himself what God means when He says, "Let us make man in our image." Jesus is our example, our goal, our mark. "As he is, so are we in this world."
We must pursue our heavenly calling. We must grasp that for which we have been grasped. It is God's will that every member of His elect press toward maturity in each of these five areas. God is ready to crown us with glory and honor if we will, through His grace, be diligent in overcoming the world, Satan, and our lusts, self-will, and self-centeredness.
To be continued.