WARNING AGAINST NEGLECT
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Hebrews 2 : 1-18
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it… how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? -Hebrews 2:1-3
The Book of Hebrews systematically presents the divinity and supremacy of Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. Within these 13 chapters of profound Christian theology, the author declares five clear warnings to all readers:
Danger of neglect (Heb. 2:1-4)
Danger of unbelief (Heb 3:7-4:13)
Danger of immaturity (Heb. 5:11-6:20)
Danger of rejecting (Heb. 10:26-39)
Danger of refusing God (Heb. 12:25-29)
In Hebrews 2:1-4 the author warns us to pay close attention to what we have heard, least we "drift away.” The imagery here can be likened to a ship without anchor that drifts away from the shore. The drifting away is caused by neglect’ (Heb 2:3), which means an attitude of indifference, paying no attention to or making light of the message of salvation presented to us. As we grasp the profound greatness of the salvation offered to us, let us make every effort to draw near to God in humility and reverence
Sin entered the world through man’s fall and it separates humanity from the Holy God. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23); hence, the need for salvation! In His unconditional love from mankind, the Heavenly Father provided the only way for our salvation, through His perfect Son – Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the exact representation and very nature of God provided purification for our sins once and for all and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Christ provided purification for our sins by willingly bearing the punishment for sin on our behalf - He suffered and died in our place, that we could be forgiven and declared free of all unrighteousness.
"For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; …..And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” (Colossians 1:19-22). The price of our salvation was paid by the unblemished blood of Jesus Christ! (1Peter 1:18-19)
How can we neglect so great a salvation, bought by the precious blood of Christ, declared by the Lord, witnessed by the disciples and testified by the Holy Spirit? The warning is clear: If disobedience to God in the Old Testament resulted in divine punishment, how will those who neglect this great gift of salvation through Christ, ever escape punishment? No one can escape God’s punishment if they remain indifferent to the message of salvation.
Only when one acknowledges that he/she is a sinner, can one comprehend that salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way to redemption and forgiveness of sin. Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Hebrews 3:7-8) Allow the Spirit of God to convict you and return to the Lord if you have drifted away or neglected the gift of salvation.
Comprehending the great gift of salvation available to us, there is a conscious choice we have to make and maintain. The Lord declares, "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
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