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Slip-slidding Away (Hebrews 2:1-4)

January 28, 2013 by Pito

Amidst the exaltation of Jesus by the author of Hebrews we find several warnings against apostasy. These warnings are not hypothetical but real warnings aimed not at unbelievers, but at the covenant community. “To whom much is given, much is required.”

While recognizing that the Old Testament commanded tough sanctions against sin and idolatry, many religious leaders deny that the New Covenant has such sanctions. They think that God is now doing His grace thing and has put away all those “harsh” sanctions He required of Old Testament saints.

However, this error comes face to face with many texts in the New Testament, especially in the book of Hebrews. In this vein our author asks the question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Of course the answer is, we won’t.

The God who called us to salvation in Christ Jesus also calls us to persevere in that faith. Great unfaithfulness begins with small driftings. To receive a great salvation with less than the attention it merits is to be guilty of neglecting it, treating it with contempt. How many Christians treat the message of salvation with contempt?

The Bible that plainly teaches that the elect cannot be separated from the love of God also teaches that there are Christians who have a covenantal attachment to Christ can and will be removed from Him because of unbelief.

This truth should cause us to be eternally vigilant in the care of our own souls. We must never stop paying attention to the glory of Christ’s person and the worth of Christ’s work. To do anything else is the source of spiritual sloth, which God is not lax to judge.

How do we keep ourselves from falling? We keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus, trusting Him to keep us from falling. We depend on His Holy Spirit to keep us on the narrow road. We saturate our minds and hearts with the Word of God. We trust Him to keep us even as we initially called on Him to save us.

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