I had something perfect all planned out for today. It was going to be great because I wouldn’t have to stay up late Saturday or wake up early on Sunday to write a post. However, Sunday requires a little extra thought. Sunday’s post can’t be just another blog post. Sunday is God’s day, therefore Sunday’s post should be God’s post.
Close your eyes and think of the first Bible verse that comes to your mind. Now, think about what it means. Just ponder on it for a moment, feel the power of the Word. Now, say it, out loud. Don’t be afraid, it’s the most powerful thing on earth. Think of yourself as a superhero discovering his superpower for the first time. The unveiling. Discover the power in the Word of God. The cool thing about this, is that even if you thought of “Jesus wept”, by saying that verse you invoke the name of Jesus. But, even deeper, you declare the deity of Christ by mentioning His name, and then declare His mortality by attributing humanness and emotion to His nature in saying that He wept.
Jesus was entirely God, and entirely man. His physical body died, but His spiritual body conquered death and by the power of God, revived Him back to life again. Jesus was human, He felt things, He lived things, He wept.
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
These two verses stuck out in my reading this morning. Hebrews is a fascinating book because it is directed towards the Hebrew people, in a similar way that the book of Romans was directed towards the people of Rome. The Hebrew people, specifically the priests and scribes of the temple, were the religious elite; more, they were the philosophical apex of their time because they alone had the proper origin of philosophical thought: the Holy Scriptures and the divine revelation of God. This book is directed to those who know the most about God, the recognized embodiments of morality and holiness, (though they eventually became quite the opposite).
The point is, these people were something by religious standards, and yet to them the same gospel is preached as it is to the Romans. The simplicity of the gospel is even more complex than anything the minds of the Hebrews can imagine.
The words, “If every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation…”, they hit me hard every time I read them. This is basic, this is the root of the doctrine of salvation, sin, the fall of man, and moral depravity; yet, this is what God, through Paul, chooses to share with the Hebrews. If all of our transgression received their just reward, how can we escape everlasting death and sorrow if we neglect salvation? What is being said is that if a single sin was to recieve it’s right reward, that alone would be enough to send us to Hell and no amount of good works could save us: the salvation found in Christ’s death on the cross is the only thing that can save.
That is power. That is truth. I challenge you to speak the Word of God today; not just in Church or at home, but when you’re pumping your gas, when you’re in line at Walmart, anywhere and everywhere you go, just say a verse or two out loud. It will brighten your day and it may brighten someone else’s as well. Speak power.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist