Epistle to the Hebrews (2:1-4)   2 comments

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

So we must pay more careful attention to what we have heard. Then we will not drift away from it. Even the message God spoke through angels had to be obeyed. Every time people broke the Law, they were punished. Every time they didn’t obey, they were punished. Then how will we escape if we don’t pay attention to God’s great salvation? The Lord first announced that salvation. Those who heard him gave us the message about it. God gave witness to it through signs and wonders. He gave witness through different kinds of miracles. He also gave witness through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He gave them out as it pleased him.” Hebrews 2:1-4

In chapter 1, we saw the supremacy and divinity of Christ. In this chapter, the author focuses more on Jesus’ humanity.

So we must pay more careful attention to what we have heard“. Our author also appeal to take heed in Hebrews 12 because of the danger of negligence.

For the reasons mentioned in Hebrews 1, we must pay more attention to what we know about Jesus.

Some of the reasons are that:

God spoke through His Son. Jesus is greater than the well respected Moses and prophets. This Jesus is God and sits on God’s throne. Angels worship and serve Him.

Before His ascension, the disciples adored Him because they knew He was God (Luke 24:52). Doubting Thomas finally acknowledged that this Jesus he knew in the flesh was indeed God Almighty. He confessed “My Lord and my God!”.

There can be only 2 answers to who Jesus was. Either He was God or not. If He is really God then we must pay more attention to what He said and did. Ignoring Him is hell.

These Jews were probably backsliding due to their lack of consideration to whom Jesus was really. Were they trying to return to their former way of life and Jewish traditions? The author made it clear that Jesus cannot be compared to the Jewish ancestors. So let’s focus our attention on who Jesus is and we’ll not underestimate His greatness and supremacy.

These Jews heard what Jesus taught. The author does not want them to forget these because there will be consequences to it.

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Those who hate me hate my Father also. “I did miracles among them that no one else did. If I hadn’t, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen those miracles. And still they have hated both me and my Father.” (John 15:22-24)

The number of miracles which happened in the OT added together will not be able to exceed the number of miracles which Jesus did during His 3 years of ministry. Jesus’ disciples did even more miracles.

If someone knows the truth and does not care about it, he’ll be judged more severely. If God faithfully accomplished what He warned through angels, it is certainty that He’ll accomplish what He said through His Son. Not only that, Jesus sent His apostles to testify about Him. The pouring out of the Spirit and miracles performed gave enough evidence that Jesus was superior. There’re many reasons why “we must pay more careful attention to what we have heard“. We saw some reasons earlier and the author has even more to say in the coming chapters.

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Posted November 12, 2011 by Cedric in Theology

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2 responses to “Epistle to the Hebrews (2:1-4)

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  1. Hmmm, paying attention. Good challenge Cedric. I am probably very experienced at backsliding and not paying attention. God’s grace towards me is quite stunning when I think about it. But then I think about people like my husband who don’t know God and yet there are things that scream out his existence like the wonder of nature and I wonder how he can still state this is the work of some big bang! So I’m not the only one not paying attention. Something to pray about I think.

  2. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews warns about passivity, lack of faith and negligence. The devil won’t send someone to tell us to stop reading the bible or praying. He’s too cunning for that. What he does is to make us become lukewarm and little by little he hardens our heart to the point what we no longer hear when God speaks.

    There’s an old man in my church who is 79. He has always been a hindu. His daughter has been praying for him for years but he always refused. About 5 years ago he became a Christian. There’s something this man told me that I will never forget. He told me “I did not know I was not in truth”. He told me that with such sadness and remorse. He thought he was in the truth. His sons worship idols and he feels guilty because it’s him who raised his children like that.

    Never give up! Keep praying for your husband! I’ll also pray that God makes him realise that He exist.

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