1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (ESV)
The Goodness of God and the Neglect of Man. (Part 1)
Listen, for neglect leads to drift and retribution: Hebrews 2:1-4.
We have heard (Hebrews 1) that God has spoken to us through his Son. This Son created the heavens and the earth, and sustains them. This Son came into humanity and provided cleansing for sin, and is now at God’s right hand awaiting the time when God will crush his enemies under his feet. This Son is incomparably superior to the angels, and God’s children will share in his inheritance.
The angels delivered God’s message about his Son in the past. Some listened and obeyed, but many did not. While God is loving, he will not be mocked: those who disobeyed were punished and the punishment was recognised as just.
Now, the Son has come and declared fresh hope; a “great salvation,” backed by heaven. This includes purification for sins and a glorious inheritance. The Son, who suffered to win redemption, has spoken. God’s judgment is coming.
Should we care? Yes! “Super abundantly!” This is “good news of great joy!” God, in love, has provided a rescue. A failure to care shows a dangerous drift towards a hard heart, with unspeakable consequences. Why would you neglect the future King who has suffered to save you?
(This was originally posted on the Biblearc blog by Robert Elphick on January 8, 2015.)