Introduction

  1. Text: Heb. 2:1-4.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. The gospel was announced by the Lord Himself. Cf. Jn. 14:25,26; Heb. 1:1,2.
  2. The gospel was confirmed by eyewitnesses of the Lord. Cf. Lk. 1:1,2; 1 Jn. 1:1-4.
  3. 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

  1. Salvation is through the message preached – 1 Cor. 1:21.
  2. If we ignore the message, we will forfeit salvation – Heb. 12:25.
  3. “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

  1. “Beware” is an important biblical concept – Heb. 3:12.
  2. “Diligence” is necessary if we are to be saved – 2 Pt. 1:10-12.
  3. No one is exempt from the need for caution and carefulness – Ac. 20:28-31. Cf. Rom. 15:14,15; 1 Cor. 10:12.

Conclusion

  1. There is an important “if” attached to our salvation in Christ. Cf. Heb. 3:6,14.
  2. 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

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