We have been considering numerous things the Lord asks us to remember.
One of those is that we must constantly remember who we are.
One way to do this is to remember what we once were in comparison to what we now are.
We are also warned not to neglect the great salvation we have in Christ.
Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands — that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:11-12
Our chief priority must be to remember who we are ‘in Christ’.
Remembering what we once were keeps us ever mindful of the great salvation we have received through Christ’s great sacrifice.
Without Christ we were lost in sin, alienated from God and strangers to the promises and covenants of God. People with no hope.
‘In Christ’ we have the hope of glory in our hearts (Romans 5:2; Colossians 1:27), we inherit the promises of God as part of the
New Covenant people & we have a secure and certain hope (Hebrews 6:19). Oh what a mighty saviour, Oh what a great salvation.
Let us always remember and never forget these incredible blessings.
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, Hebrews 2:1-3
We must constantly heed all that we have learned of, and experienced, in Christ.
We must stay focused and stay close to the saviour. There are so many forces at work in this world seeking to draw us away from God.
We are those that must constantly battle against the enemies of our soul – the world, the flesh and the devil (Ephesians 2:1-3) – so that we do not neglect this great salvation.
This is written as an encouragement, and a warning, to keep us actively engaged in pursuing the Lord amidst the ongoing battle that is life.
Remember that we overcome because of Christ our great champion. Our victory is in Him (1 Corinthians 15:57).
‘Christus Victus’ the great overcomer who turns & transforms us into more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).
How could we ever even contemplate neglecting so great a salvation. Hallelujah what a Saviour.
- Do I readily & regularly reflect on who I am ‘In Christ’?
- In what ways am I being tempted to drift away from Christ?
- Mediate upon the great wonder of our salvation ‘In Christ’.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you for Your great love,
Demonstrated so powerfully in Your son our saviour Jesus Christ, \
We thank you for so great a salvation,
Through the power of Your indwelling Spirit,
Help & strengthen us to keep fully engaging with You,
Ever seeking to lay hold of all You have laid hold of us for.
In Jesus Mighty name,