Faith in a Great Savior

Michael Beck

“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” (Hebrews 2:3)

The Book of Hebrews is filled with exhortation and warning to those who had begun to walk with the Lord but were in danger of falling away. The possibility of apostasy should not be discounted. Those who once lovingly cleaved to the Lord can treacherously depart from Him through the deceitfulness of sin.

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb. 3:12,13)

To apostatize is to fall away from the faith. The cause of one’s departure from God is not merely the allure of sin; it is “an evil heart of unbelief” which fails to believe there is provision in Christ to be delivered and kept from sin. Is there mercy for the fallen? Yes, every morning God’s mercies are new. Is there forgiveness for a child of God if he has sinned? Yes, God is faithful and just to forgive us, if we will confess our sin and lay hold on the cleansing blood of the Lamb. The issue then is not whether we can come back, it is whether once back, we can stay true to God. And the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” But do we believe it?

Whether we have personally experienced victory over any sin does not diminish the “so great salvation” that we have been given. God did not merely send His Son into the world to save us from the penalty for sin. The gospel which we are called to believe proclaims that Jesus died on the cross to save us from both the power and penalty of sin. He who the Son sets free is free indeed!

Will you look away from yourself and your inadequacy to Christ and His sufficiency? Will you believe that Christ is able to save unto the uttermost those who come unto God by Him? (Heb. 7:25) Without faith it is impossible to please God. Believe that He has provided for you a “great salvation,” big enough to save and keep you from your worst sins. Return to the Lord with renewed confidence in your Savior. Exchange an evil heart of unbelief for a heart filled with faith in Him. “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thes. 5:24)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.