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Written by R.W. Cothern   

The Banner of Love--April 1, 1953

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT SALVATION? (Heb. 2:3)

Paul, writing from Rome, in A. D. 62, seeking to overcome Hebrew favoritism for the old law, says "For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"

Eternal salvation is the "gift of God", and begins in the heart of man as a new and spiritual life, capacitating him to feel, see, and discern spiritual things. "The gift of God is eternal life." When LIFE is being given, no obedience is required--but AFTER the life is given and we become God's children, then, and not before, is obedience to spiritual commands required. Then the apostle Warns "if disobedience received a just recompense of reward" in the past, shall we now escape the consequences of disobedience and neglect with regard to this "great salvation?"

In the business and professional world neglect inevitably brings losses, and suffering. In matters of health, neglect often causes disaster, and pain. So neglect in the Christian life, fosters disobedience, and transgression, and we may as well look for a "just recompense of reward" for "how shall we escape" God's righteous judgments? The poor Prodigal son lost everything--except his life. O the sorrow, and humiliation! The rags he wore home!

Salvation brings a new and great responsibility. It is not to be neglected. Neglect means to drift effortless on the tides of life. Rest on your oars. Waters always seeks a lower level, and when you drift--you never drift up stream. Your standards of life become lower. Your services to others less. You go down hill whether you are conscious of it or not. And the end is bitter remorse, and an empty heart--and we just can't "escape" from these consequences.

But the full abundant life of true Christianity has blessings so very dear to the heart. Thank God for souls that are willing to "man their oars" and struggle upstream. Sometimes the going may seem awful hard, but the promise that "I will never leave thee, or forsake thee" gives one courage to struggle on. If you are willing to confess your sins to God, and humbly seek His guiding hand, trust him with all, have faith in His promises, the old boat will glide along very smoothly. Remember--to pray is a strength and not a weakness. Keeping in touch with the Pilot makes the voyage safe and the light of His smile will shine on your soul, and the end will be peace in His loving arms.

R. W. Cothern

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