SALVATION FIRST, SANCTIFICATION SECOND
Only Two Choices on the Shelf — Pleasing God or Pleasing Self
In Salvation Two Choices: Eternal Life, OR Eternal Death
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” (Hebrews 1:1-4, 8-12 NKJV)
Jesus’ Purpose For Coming
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, (Hebrews 2:9-11 NKJV)
Danger of Drift
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,
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF ALL ETERNITY:
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 NKJV)
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF THE BELIEVER’S SANCTIFICATION AND ETERNAL INHERITANCE.
“In Sanctification Two Choices on the Shelf: Pleasing God or Pleasing Self”
Hearers Only Aren’t We All? (See James 1)
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Two Real Choices ONLY
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and (1)make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest (2) any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
God’s Real Help Is from Zion, Heaven.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
The Only Sane Solution
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,
let us have grace,
by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire.
(Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-15, 22-24, 28-29 NKJV)