â€œHow shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.â€ (Hebrews 2:3)
One of the greatest words of the Bible is â€œsalvation,â€ and one could expound its glories at length. Our salvation is so costly that its price was nothing less than the shed blood of the Son of God. â€œYe were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, . . . But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spotâ€ (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Nevertheless, there are only three verses in the New Testament in which the word is preceded by an adjective. These three descriptive terms are, therefore, very significant. The first of these is the one in our textâ€”â€œso greatâ€ salvation. The adjective here is used only one other time in the New Testament, where it is translated â€œso mightyâ€ (Revelation 16:18), describing a cataclysm so great that every island and mountain will disappear from the earth!
Not only is our salvation infinitely costly, but unlike everything else in our lives, it is unending: â€œAnd being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey himâ€ (Hebrews 5:9). Salvation is not merely the impartation of a better life in this life; it is everlasting life in the future life, in the presence of its divine â€œauthorâ€ (or â€œcauseâ€).
The third adjective is quite different. â€œBeloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvationâ€ (Jude 3). Our salvation is also common! This same word is applied by Paul to â€œthe common faithâ€ (Titus 1:4). Basically, it means â€œordinary.â€ Thus, despite the infinite and eternal values associated with our great salvation, it is also very common and ordinary! Salvation is for anyone, and whosoever will may come! HMM