11/02/2010

Don't Drift (Heb. 2:1-18)

1st of 6 warnings in Hebrews: Don't drift/neglect such a great salvation (Heb. 2:1-4). Heb 2:1 exhorts/warns us Christians to "pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it." What have we heard? We 1st heard "the message declared by angels," which is the law of Moses, and which is still binding, and leads to retribution and punishment to those who sin and disobey (Heb. 2:4). But now we're heard the gospel proclaimed through Christ, which is surely the greater salvation (Heb 2:3), and which God has attested to "by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will" (Heb. 2:4).

Surely, the Christian life is repeatedly fraught with temptation, distraction, discouragement, disillusionment, persecution, betrayal, etc. We want to be in charge or in control, to give up, give in, be in our comfort zones, go on cruise control, live at ease, blame others, etc. But what we should do is to never neglect or drift from the gospel of "such a great salvation" (Heb. 2:3).

Only Jesus is the Founder of Salvation for only He is fully God and fully Man (Heb. 2:5-18). Though Jesus is God, and greater than the angels, he was made "lower than the angels...because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone" (Heb. 2:9). Without knowing the grace of One who tasted death in our place, our faith can always easily falter and drift.

Heb. 2:14,15 explains that a human Savior was necessary, because human beings are in need of a propitiatory (satisfying God's wrath) sacrifice and a sympathetic high priest (Heb. 2:17,18). Praise Jesus who willingly tasted the hell and death that we fully deserve, so that he could be our great salvation.


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