Every person on the journey seeking spiritual life lacks assurance of salvation and forfeits rest in God. When we believe in Jesus and His death on the cross for salvation, then we become partakers of Him. When we hold fast to Jesus, we have assurance of salvation. If you have ever become a partaker of Jesus Christ, by believing He died for you on that cross, and was resurrected by God, then you will have assurance of salvation and end your journey seeking eternal life. Jesus wants everyone to have assurance that they have eternal life in Him. They no longer need to journey forward, because they know that Jesus has given them rest in their souls. Jesus wants us to hold that assurance of His salvation firm until the end.
When you hear the good news that Jesus loves you, and invites you to receive salvation as a free gift, then you have heard His voice. Jesus calls you today to receive Him and know His forgiveness for sins. You must repent of your sins and turn to Him. As God, He must rule your life as a loving Lord. In Hebrews 3:15, page 1872, be sure that you do not harden your heart against the voice of Jesus calling to you. When you hear His voice, but do not obey Jesus calling to you in love, then you begin to harden your heart against Him. We all have hardened our hearts against someone. You hear that person talking to you, but you begin to ignore that voice. Over time, you do not want to hear that voice again. You may even get mad when you hear that person talking to you. Jesus said that people tend to ignore His voice, and His love. When you journey on without Jesus, then Jesus said you provoke Him.
Jesus taught that He was angry with the people of Israel who hardened their hearts by ignoring His voice. You provoke Jesus to anger when you hear His voice, and then completely ignore Him by continuing on your spiritual journey seeking spiritual life. When Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt, those people heard the voice of God and saw many miracles. Even so, those people hardened their hearts and provoked Jesus to great anger. You may want to consider the John 3:36, page 1659: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him.” Because I love you, I must warn you that Jesus gets very angry with people who harden their hearts, but He still loves them and calls them to repent and turn to Him for a new heart and eternal life.
For forty years the anger of Jesus Christ burned against the people of Israel who heard His voice, but rejected His call upon their lives. Because of their sinful unbelief and spiritual deafness, their bodies fell in the wilderness. When you continue your spiritual journey and ignore the voice of Jesus, then you can be sure that your body will also fall in the spiritual wilderness of sin. Jesus urges you stop the journey, listen to His voice, and follow His lead into a wonderful life.
Jesus swore that the people of Israel would have to continue their journey in the wilderness for another forty years because they ignored His voice and hardened their hearts. Jesus swore in His anger that those people would not enter His rest. We must learn from that history that disobedience leads to spiritual death. Jesus commands us to trust Him alone for salvation, and follow Him alone in our spiritual lives. When we ignore His voice, continue on our journey, and live for ourselves, then we disobey Jesus. Instead of disobedience, listen and obey Jesus, who loves you and gave His life for yours. He paid the death penalty for you on the cross. Through Him you will find rest for your souls.
March 3, 2015 │ The End of the Journey Today │Hebrews 3:12-19