In this day and age we have no excuse to refuse God’s gracious salvation. He paid the
way to heaven with his blood and took out his righteous anger at our sin on his own Son. He gave us his Words of invitation in the Bible. He is offering forgiveness to all who would receive him. He commanded his church to take the message around the globe so all may hear. He is like a guy standing outside of the superdome with tickets to get inside but instead of charging exorbitant fees, he is GIVING THEM AWAY. Yet we still refuse him. What more can he do? What more do you need?
Warning Against Refusing God
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.
18 You have not come to a mountain (Mount Sinai and the Law) that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Who are you Lord?
I AM the Righteous, Holy, living God. No unholy thing can be in my presence. I AM the consuming fire who will one day wipe away this sin cursed world and everything in it. I AM faithful to my word; I do not make hollow promises or idle threats. Just as I followed through on my warning in the day of Noah, I will also follow through on another day to come. In my love and mercy for them, I gave those people 120 years of warning to repent, and so I give `you warning too; heed my word, receive my forgiveness before it is too late. I AM the Faithful God who keeps his promises in his Word. I AM the truly righteous Judge, who has delved out your punishment on my Son Jesus and made him my Mediator between you and me.
I AM the God who loves you so much that I have warned you of the future day of reckoning in my Word. The question is, do you believe me, and will you be ready? Only those who have my Son’s righteousness can be in my presence.
Unlike Mount Sinai, which the Jews had to stay away from or be killed, now through Christ’s blood, you can boldly come to Mount Zion for salvation and joy. As soon as you receive my salvation, I place you in the true church, the church of the first born – Christ, and your names are written in the lamb’s book of life in heaven, immediately. I make you perfect in my sight because of the sprinkling of the blood of my son. I place my Holy Spirit in you and now you can worship me acceptably. Is that something you want or would you rather be like Esau who traded eternity to satisfy his belly?
“Behold now is the day of Salvation”
When God warns us in his word that he judges the wicked, why won’t we believe it? We see what he did with the flood, fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, various earthquakes, famines and plagues to punish the wicked but more importantly we see what He did to his Son on the cross in our stead. Why do we brand people nuts who say that “the end” is coming or reserve the apocalypse to scary movies? Why do we think that God won’t do anything more in our life time or in the future? Because if it is true, there really will be a reckoning one day before our God and maker, and nobody likes to think that. We like to say, “seeing is believing”, and like doubting Thomas, we won’t believe until we see; unfortunately, THEN IT WILL BE TOO LATE. He provided a way of escape for us today –by faith. “Behold now is the accepted time, behold today is the day of salvation.” But we live like old Esau, in that we live for today despising what God has done for us. We trade all our tomorrows for today and live today like there will be no future accounting.
“You have not come to a mountain (Mount Sinai and the Law) that can be touched” Our propensity toward religion could be seen here in the difference between the old and the new covenants. Men tend to think that they can be holy by their own actions, but God’s mountain was not approachable. Contrary to the popular opinion that men are basically good, God is telling us here that he cannot be with sinful man nor will he accept their attempts. However, he continues to say; “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God” The heavenly Jerusalem is only reachable by faith. The Old covenant was to put men in their proper place before a holy God and show them their sin and need for God’s mercy. The New Covenant gives everyone a chance to have a renewed personal relationship with him.
“Carpe Diem – Seize the day”
This can mean two things: Use this God granted opportunity of today to take your stand by faith to be counted as one of His children before it is too late, conversely, to live today as if there is no God, no consequences, or no tomorrow. The choice is yours. Either way you look at it, your recompense from heaven will be fit your decision. When I shake the whole universe one day and you stand before me, you will find that I AM the God who says “I told you so”. Rom 1:20
More to come,