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February 3, 2011

Neglect So Great A Salvation – 2.03.2011

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 10:38 pm

Heb 2:1-4 (NKJV) 1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?


Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary: Hebrews 2:1 reflects the major difficulty with the readers. They were drifting from the substance, Christ, back to the shadows of the old covenant system. They were failing to appropriate the blessings of their salvation (2:3). They would not be saved from the power of sin by drifting from grace back to the law and Judaism. The message of salvation was confirmed to the Hebrew readers by the apostles who heard firsthand; their message was certified to the Jewish hearers by apostolic miracles (2:4).


Matthew Henry Concise: All are the servants of God who are not slaves of sin and Satan. All gospel truth is according to godliness, teaching the fear of God. The intent of the gospel is to raise up hope as well as faith; to take off the mind and heart from the world, and to raise them to heaven and the things above. How excellent then is the gospel, which was the matter of Divine promise so early, and what thanks are due for our privileges! Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; and whoso is appointed and called, must preach the word. Grace is the free favour of God, and acceptance with him. Mercy, the fruits of the favour, in the pardon of sin, and freedom from all miseries both here and hereafter. And peace is the effect and fruit of mercy. Peace with God through Christ who is our Peace, and with the creatures and ourselves. Grace is the fountain of all blessings. Mercy, and peace, and all good, spring out of this.


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