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Giving Earnest Heed to Salvation

          “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? (Hebrews 2:1-4).

 

            From the creation God had a deep love for mankind. Man was the final creation; made in God’s own image. Moses recorded the account of creation stating, “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28). God gave man the gift of “free will” and set a plan in motion to save those who failed to do His will. Paul recorded, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-8).

 

            Jesus paid the price for the souls of sinful man. Paul told the brethren at Corinth “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's” (I Corinthians 6:20). Paul also told the brethren at Ephesus that they had been redeemed by the blood of Christ. He wrote that it is in Christ that we are saved. He stated, “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;” (Ephesians 1:7). Paul told the brethren at Rome that “the gospel of Christ” was the power of God that saved them (Romans 1:16).

 

            Many failed to listen to the words of God. They often neglected the commandments and followed their own stubborn ways. God was true to His word and punished the disobedient with a “just recompense of reward” (Hebrews 2:2). God had promised a savior who would save man from sin and Paul recorded, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). It would be necessary for men to continue in the ways of God if they desired to be saved. Jesus stated, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

            The writer of the letter of Hebrews warns the brethren to “give the more earnest heed” to the word of God so that they would not forget and lose our salvation (Hebrews 2:2). He then asks, “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?” (Hebrews 2:3-4). 

 

            God speaks clearly in His word. He does not accept the fables and traditions which often stand between God and man (Titus 1:13-15; II John 1:9-11). Jesus gave His life so that He could save us from sin and death (Hebrews 10:1-25). Paul told Timothy regarding Jesus “Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:6). Peter stated, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (I Peter 5:6-7).

 

            The writers warn of the danger of leaving truth to follow that which has no power to save.  There is no escape as long as a man rejects the inspired word and follows the ways of the world or follows false teachers. Peter describes the condition of the Christian who returns to sinful living as “worse than the beginning.” He says it would have been “better not to have known to way of righteousness” than to turn back to the world (II Peter 2:17-22). We must give more attention to the things of God and forget the things of this world.

 

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