9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. (Hebrews 5:9–11, NKJV)
The great truth that Jesus Christ is the sinless sacrifice by whom our eternal salvation is offered is fundamental to the gospel of His grace. It is also basic truth that He saves “all who obey Him” – obedience faith is necessary to be saved and go to heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s appointment by God as the High Priest of our confession to serve in heaven of God’s house is crucial to our redemption (Hebrews 3:1; 8:1-2). Understanding the nature and work of our High Priest enlivens our hope and sustains our diligent service to Him. Yet, like the Hebrew Christians, we may not be in a good position to learn these things. We become “dull of hearing” (difficult to teach) if we are not diligent hearers and doers of the word (James 1:21-25). Spiritual growth in Christ requires a heart that is open to Christ’s word and a life that is using His word “to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14). How’s your hearing?
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” (Acts 2:22–24)
The apostle Peter had important words to say to the people of Jerusalem that day. Like them, we must listen to the words that were spoken by the apostles of Christ. Here is why: Because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). Faith does not come from having an experience. Faith is not inherited from your parents. Faith does not come from your emotions. Faith does not come by a direct, miraculous event in your life. If we accept the Bible as God’s word, then we must accept that faith comes by hearing that word! The apostles of Christ spoke and wrote the very word of God (1 Ths. 2:13; 1 Cor. 14:37). So, listen carefully to their words. Let them sink deep into your heart. Then you be equipped to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).