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; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? Hebrews 2.3-4
The writer of Hebrews affirms that the way of salvation has been made obvious. Salvation clearly revealed, first in Christ, and secondly, through those who witnessed Christ’s miracles. Several of those who witnessed Christ’s miracles were also empowered by His Spirit, to perform miracles. God chose to use miracles as a way to reveal His authority and as a testimony to Himself, He proved that He could heal the infirm and raise the dead. He healed the body, and as easily, can heal the soul. It truly is a beautiful thing, that He chose to perform miracles as a testimony to prove His great salvation.
There were many who witnessed Christ’s miracles, but rejected Him. The Gospels and the book of Acts testify to many signs and miracles. Yet, many who read these accounts, reject miracles, ultimately rejecting Christ. Ironically, the signs that God chose to confirm His power and sincerity have become a stumbling block to many. Miracles were used to persuade people, to help them believe, to give them a reason to believe. Now, skeptics suggest that the Bible cannot be true or inerrant, because miracles are impossible (so they believe). However, the writer of Hebrews clarifies that the Lord’s testimony, and God’s gifts of signs and miracles provide evidence, therefore, leaving all without excuse.
I often hear about God’s holiness, and the great offense of sin. Regularly, I hear, or read about this person, or those people, who commit atrocious sin. I hear all kinds of preaching and testimony against sin, sin, sin. Sin is an offense to a holy God (repetitive). I agree sin is offensive to God. What’s my point? Here is the deal, my point.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3.16-18
God revealed Himself perfectly in the person Christ, His Son. God highly exalted the Son, and gave Him a name above every other name. Jesus is the beloved Son with whom God is pleased. He gave Him a throne, and a scepter of righteousness, but only after God gave His Son to humanity. The book of Hebrews has a theme, the superiority and perfection of Christ. Without a doubt, sin offends God. I believe our sin is the lesser offense, the greater offense, rejecting the Son. If you really want to offend God, choose not to believe on the Son, reject the Light, Life, and beautiful gift of salvation. The condemned are those who remain in unbelief, despite the testimony and life of Christ. They are condemned because they choose not to believe the signs and wonders that point to an awesome God, a perfect sacrifice and a resurrected Savior. The condemned are without excuse.