Pay Close Attention!!

 

The writer of Hebrews, whoever it was, certainly had much to say.  In chapter 1, he had established through the Old Testament exactly who Jesus was (the Son of God) and that He was worthy of worship.  In chapter 2, the writer gets right into the point that since Jesus is the Son of God, in a position higher than all the angels in heaven at the right hand of the father, then we had better be listening to the word He brought.
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.   That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you!!  If we don’t pay close attention to the word of God, we will (and are) drifting away from it.  These days it’s actually much worse than simply drifting, as a society we are actively seeking to silence the word of God in favor of other “theories” of how the world both came into existence and continues to exist.  Evolution is taught as scientific truth to our children despite the fact that, as hard as they look for it, there is no science actually backing it up.  The truth is that the more we discover, the more we know that evolution as taught in classrooms is simply a blatant lie.  Yet, like I said before, it’s taught to our children and presented to the people as a whole as scientific fact.  God and creation, which scientists are more and more having to acknowledge as the only logical conclusion to the data we are gathering about the true miracle our planet and the existence of any life really is, is strictly prohibited from the schoolroom.   And we are not simply drifting, but running, away from the word of God.

For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?   The message given by angels would be the Mosaic law.   Exodus doesn’t speak directly of angels being present when the law was given, but Moses himself references it in Deuteronomy – “He said, “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭33:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  According to our writer here, the message given to Moses proved reliable.  I’m guessing he’s referencing the long history of the Hebrew people coming in and out of God’s favor, as they themselves moved in and out of faith and belief and following the law given to Moses.   If this law was proven true through course of history…then it’s still the truth now.  And if it’s still the truth, how can we escape the consequences if we simply ignore God’s plan of salvation?  What are the consequences for us if we go through life living as if Jesus Christ did not live, die on a Roman crucifix, then rise on the third day?  What are the consequences if we even acknowledge these things, yet choose to live our life as if we don’t?  If we simply blend into the rest of the world?  We want to claim Jesus as savior, but we have drifted (run) away from the true gospel originally preached that Jesus is Lord.  Remember Romans 10:9 – “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  Just declaring “Jesus is Lord” then living your life just as you always had before is neglecting our great salvation.  If Jesus is now Lord, that means He is in charge, right?  If He is in charge…are those His words coming out of your mouth?  Is that His anger coming out in you?  Was that His feet that kicked a hole in my wall?  Is that His computer screen you’re watching porn on?   Salvation is not about works but faith, this we know.  But how can we claim to have faith if, in our lives following that proclamation, nobody else knows about it?  If our words and deeds are the same after our salvation as before, do we have any salvation?  This is what James meant by “…as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” ‭‭James‬ ‭2:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 
It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.   Our great salvation was first declared by Jesus our Lord.   We, like the writer here (I say it’s Paul!) did not actually hear directly from Jesus, but heard about it through through those did.  We know the miracles that were shown through Christ.  We know he raised from His grave on Sunday morning.  We know we all have gifts to use in His service.   Hadn’t we better put those gifts to use in the purposes He set forth for us?    I’d say so.  We’d do well to put those gifts to use in spreading His word of salvation…


“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭2:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/heb.2.1-4.esv

John Lewis

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One thought on “Pay Close Attention!!

  1. You would enjoy ALREADY GONE by Ken Ham. It studied the problem of why kids leave the church as soon as they can. A lot has to do with how poorly we study God’s Word. At least in my history, it’s always been the same bible stories and passages repeated ad nauseum. It just changes from cartoons to better artwork and vocabulary as we age. We are HORRIBLY ignorant of overall bible content!

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