"How shall we escape when we neglect so great a salvation"
[Heb 1:1-2] God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Chapter one declares, the glory and supremacy of Jesus:
- Heir of all things
- He created all things
- He is the brightness of God’s glory
- He is the exact image of God. If you see Him you have seen the Father
- He upholds all things
- He purged our sins
- He inherits all things
- He has a more excellent name than the angels
- He receives worship from angels
- He is declared to be God
- He is eternal
2:1 Therefore (διά τοῦτο) we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away (παραρρέω: to glide by, slip my mind).
- The first command given in Hebrews: We must listen.
- Float By
WE MUST LISTEN
- [Mat 17:5] While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
- [Rom 10:17] So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
WE MUST LOOK
- [Heb 12:2] looking (apharao: to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something) unto Jesus, the author and finisher of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
WE MUST NOT FLOAT BY
- [Heb 6:19] This [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the [Presence] behind the veil,
WE MUST CONSIDER JESUS
- [Heb 3:1] Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
- [Heb 12:3] For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
[Heb 2:2] For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression (παράβασις: going over) and disobedience (παρακοή: a hearing amiss) received a just reward,
- What was spoken of by the prophets and angels was true. They were dispatched to us by Jesus.
- What was then heard came directly through Jesus.
[Heb 2:3] how shall we escape (ἐκφεύγω) if we neglect (ἀμελέω: make light of, disregard) 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], (1 John 1)
- God spoke
- Prophets Spoke
- Angels Spoke
- Jesus Spoke
- Those who heard Jesus, spoke
Those who heard him:
- [1Co 15:1-5] Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
- [1Co 15:6] After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
[Heb 2:4] God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
Six witnesses: God, Jesus the Holy Spirit, signs and wonders, miracles, gifts of the Spirit.
- [Mat 18:16] "But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'
- [Heb 10:28] Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on [the testimony of] two or three witnesses.
- [Jhn 10:37-38] "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; "but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father [is] in Me, and I in Him."