Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how 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; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Last Friday we looked at the first four verses of the first chapter of Hebrews and attempted to study them and understand their meanings. Today, we move on to the second chapter to build upon what we have observed and learned.
Now that we know these things, these truths found in chapter 1: the identity of Christ, the deity of Christ, and the hope of Christ; we must hold fast to them that we abstain from all evil and avoid falling. My favorite verse in this chapter, the one that hits me the hardest every time I read it, is verse three.
How 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;
First thing to notice is that the writer uses the word “us“. Us Hebrews? No, us means the Christians. This verse has a message for the Christian, not the unsaved, (though it may apply).
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
How shall we escape: If we must take the word which came by angels seriously, how much more seriously must we take the word which came by the Son of God – who has been proven to be greater than the angels?
Therefore, we must not neglect so great a salvation. The word neglect is amelesantes, which is used in Matthew 22:5.
This is a word to believers, not to the unsaved. The danger described isn’t rejecting salvation, but neglecting salvation.
It isn’t saying how shall we escape hell and damnation, it’s saying how shall we escape the cross? How shall we escape Christ’s conviction on our hearts to share His gospel? If we neglect this salvation, our calling to the world, how shall we escape Christ’s conviction and the crosses condemnation of our woeful disobedience?
Hebrews 2 is written on a more discouraging note than Hebrews 1 as we no longer need to establish who Christ was and is, now we need to apply that knowledge to our innate actions. Witnessing is a prompting of the Holy Spirit, and unction of God to tell others about the salvation within us. It cannot be escaped. Though we neglect it, Christ will call it to our remembrance again and again. And we are not to obey begrudgingly, but rather let Hebrews 1 prepare us for Hebrews 2. Rejoice in the Creator who commands angels, who is above all and in all and through all, who for our sake was made a little lower than the angels to purchase and champion salvation for us. This is inescapable salvation. This is the call of the Christians.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
–2 Timothy 3:16-17
What does that mean for us?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.