- Text: Heb. 2:1–4.
- The original recipients of Hebrews were in danger of falling away from the faith because they were failing to properly consider and value their salvation in Christ.
- We can’t afford to take our salvation for granted.
I. Our Confidence in the Gospel Rests on a Solid Foundation — Heb. 2:3,4
- The gospel was announced by the Lord Himself. Cf. Jn. 14:25,26; Heb. 1:1,2.
- The gospel was confirmed by eyewitnesses of the Lord. Cf. Lk. 1:1,2; 1 Jn. 1:1–4.
- The gospel was further confirmed by God with miracles. Cf. Mk. 16:19,20; Jn. 20:30,31.
II. We Will Not Escape If We Neglect Our Salvation — Heb. 2:2,3
- Salvation is through the message preached — 1 Cor. 1:21.
- If we ignore the message, we will forfeit salvation — Heb. 12:25.
- “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31).
III. We Must Pay Close Attention to Keep from Drifting Away — Heb. 2:1
- “Beware” is an important biblical concept — Heb. 3:12.
- “Diligence” is necessary if we are to be saved — 2 Pt. 1:10–12.
- No one is exempt from the need for caution and carefulness — Ac. 20:28–31. Cf. Rom. 15:14,15; 1 Cor. 10:12.
- There is an important “if” attached to our salvation in Christ. Cf. Heb. 3:6,14.
- We must “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard” (Col. 1:23).
Gary Henry — WordPoints.com + AreYouaChristian.com