Hebrew 2:1-4 Warning: Do Not Drift

Hebrews 2:1–4 (ESV)
Warning Against Neglecting Salvation
2 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 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, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Objective: We are to take a close look at our walk with God to make sure we are not neglecting or drifting away from the salvation that is given to us.

Biblical Interpretation: This passage is not a warning for sinners to become Christian but rather warning Christian to pay attention to their salvation (vs 2 Therefore “we” must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.) It is easy for us to drift if we are not careful. Most spiritual problems are usually caused by neglecting of God’s Word, prayer, corporate worship and living in community with brothers and sisters in Christ. Too many Christians today take their salvation for granted. The writer of Hebrew warns us that our salvation is a serious matter and God will give us our just retribution when we trangress and disobey Him.

The next time you sing “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” recall that the composer, Robert Robinson, was converted under the mighty preaching of George Whitefield, but that later he drifted from the Lord, He had been greatly used as a pastor, but neglect of spiritual things led him astray. In an attempt to find peace, he began to travel. During one of his journeys, he met a young woman who was evidently very spiritually minded.

“What do you think of this hymn I have been reading?” she asked Robinson, handing him the book. It was his own hymn! He tried to avoid her question but it was hopeless, for the Lord was speaking to him. Finally, he broke down and confessed who he was and how he had been living away from the Lord.

“But these ‘streams of mercy’ are still flowing,” the woman assured him; and through her encouragement, Robinson was restored to fellowship with the Lord.

It is easy to drift with the current, but it is difficult to return against the stream. Our salvation is a “great salvation,” purchased at a great price. It brings with it great promises and blessings, and it leads to a great inheritance in glory. How can we neglect it? — Author: Unknown

Application: Make every effort to study and spend time in prayers and meditation on God’s Word daily. Get connected with Life University!

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About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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