Verse of the Day

Monday, July 16, 2018

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear His voice,

Hebrews 3:7 (NASB)

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

How clearly the writer to the Hebrews reminds us to consistently and continuously keep our focus on Jesus, Who is the both the Apostle and the High Priest of our Christian faith and our heavenly calling.

Christ’s faithfulness in carrying out His heavenly Father’s business is unsurpassed by great prophets like Moses, unmatched by distinguished high priests like Aaron and unrivalled by celebrated kings like David or Solomon.

Christ’s glory and splendour – might, majesty, dominion and power far surpasses such great men. He is the master-builder of the universe and while these others illustrious men were God’s faithful servants, Christ Jesus is the Son of the most High God, and we are safe and secure in His care.

He alone is entrusted to take charge over God’s entire house, and Church-age believers are members of that household. Together we are being build up into a spiritual temple, in Whom the Holy Spirit of God resides. The astonishing and wonderful truth is… that WE, who have trusted in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection are His spiritual household and ministers of His new and better covenant.

We have God’s assurance that our eternal salvation is secured forever in the nail-pierced hands of Christ, Who died to pay the price of sin. Nothing can snatch us out of His hands and nothing will pluck us from the hand of our Father in heaven, for we are saved by grace through faith. We are neither saved nor kept by works, for He who started a good work in us has also promised to complete that good work.

He has promised to hold us fast to the end and sanctify up completely - spirit, soul and body, lest anyone should boast. Christ has taken the responsibility of both out initial justification and progressive sanctification upon Himself. He that keeps Israel has promised to keep and protect us by His sufficient grace and almighty power.

We in turn give an outward profession of our faith and are called on in this passage to “prove all things” by walking in spirit and truth. We are to eschew evil, abide in Christ, obey His commands and trust in His word throughout our earthly sojourn. We are to remember the thrice-proclaimed warning that is in this verse, that today – Today – "TODAY is the day of salvation".

Today is the day that we are to live our life as unto the Lord and to produce spiritual fruit which will verify that we are truly members of His holy household and citizens of heaven. We are to grow in grace, mature in the faith and live a life that identifies us as His hallowed household.  We are to do it today and not postpone it for some future occasion.

We are to take to heart the self-same warning that went unheeded by the Israelites - that today is the day of salvation. Today is the day we need to live as unto the Lord. Today is the day we should grow in grace. Having been justified by His blood we are reminded that today is the day that we should continue to be maturing in the faith and be progressively sanctified. Today is the day that we should become more and more like Jesus Christ in thought, word and deed.

We are blessed to have the indwelling Holy Spirit Who has promised to guide us into all truth, through His gentle inner promptings and by means of the holy Scriptures - for His word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword and is able to discern every inner thoughts of the heart and every secret motives of the mind.

We must never forget that we are to listen to His voice, heed His instructions and live by faith "today". We are to encourage one another day after day, for as long as we live and keep growing in grace as long as it is called "Today". Let us never forget that "Today is the acceptable day of the Lord" not only for ourselves but for sinners and saints alike and may we use today in a way that glorifies God and points others to Christ.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for this warning in Hebrews that today is the day to hear Your voice and respond to Your warning, in thought, word and deed. Keep me from going astray or developing a complacent attitude, a murmuring spirit or a hardening of my heart. Help me to be a become a godly testimony of Your Holy Spirit’s work in me, so that others may see Jesus in me and glorify Your holy name - today. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

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