“Is the message reliable?” If I am given a message that requires something of me, particularly a message that calls for my complete devotion, then first and foremost I want to know if the message is reliable. Is some random person off the street telling me what I ought to be doing, and where my focus ought to be? Is the message authoritative, or is it merely just one of many options in how to view my situation? If you are considering Christianity, then you want to know the answers to these questions.
In Hebrews 2, the writer is giving us a strong warning to pay much closer attention to the message so that we don’t drift away. This message he is telling us to pay attention to is one that demands nothing less than our whole heart…our devotion. The writer then, anticipating our question of reliability, answers by saying that this message is reliable because the Messenger is infinitely trustworthy. He goes on in verses 3 and 4 to say, “It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
The writer of Hebrews is telling us to trust the message because it is the Word of God, and God has seen to it by the power of His Spirit, that this Word has been preserved for us. In other words, the Word is trustworthy and true because the Author is trustworthy and true.
This week as we began to train our next slate of officer candidates, we spent the most amount of time dealing with the inspiration of Scripture. I reminded the men that we are a Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) church. All that we believe, all that we proclaim, and all that we do comes from God’s Word. It is our sole foundation for faith and practice. As I told them, and as I now tell you, anything less is just a man made religion.
So the message is reliable. What then is the message? In Hebrews 2, the message is to remain steadfast in our devotion to Jesus Christ as Savior, trusting in Him alone for salvation…a salvation we receive by grace alone, through faith alone. This is a message that requires everything, all our devotion, all our love. At the same time, this message is a gift to be received. It can never be earned. Jesus has done the work of salvation on our behalf. He has completed it. Hebrews reminds of this, and then Hebrews calls us to cling to Christ for our salvation. It is a beautiful message, of a beautiful Savior, and you can trust in its reliability because it is not my word. It is the Word of the Lord