Let’s not neglect such a great salvation provided for us by Jesus through the sins of our flesh or our religious works to achieve righteousness.
Hebrews 2:1-4 “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?”
Therefore is referencing back to chapter 1 where such strong evidence has been presented that Jesus is God in the flesh while here on earth. For the readers of Hebrews more so than the Christians today, this is a pivotal point in their spiritual walk. Everything in the Jewish teachings point to the Messiah, but they missed His first coming. To live a life of doubt and works in effort to keep in right standing with God was a natural daily way of life for the Jew. Sadly enough it is still true for many Christians today. The author of Hebrews is stirring up their faith, as the people he was writing to were converted Jews and slipping back into their natural way of thinking. We can learn from this today in that even though the typical Christian does not have a Jewish religious background, our natural way of understanding our walk with God will always cause us to stumble unless we purpose to renew our minds daily, Romans 12:2. I wish we could learn once how to live a life of faith like we learn how to add and subtract, but we cannot. Christians often forget or have never understood that the bible is a living word. Not that it changes, because it never changes, but as we change and grow in maturity our understanding changes and the word seems to change with us. For the Hebrews to have given the author of Hebrews a reason to write this letter, they must have “sat down” from their walk of faith in Jesus and stepped back into their Jewish traditions. There are Christians today who are actually going back into Jewish traditions and rituals in effort to draw closer to God. A person cannot get closer to God than being at His right hand. The second chapter of Ephesians tells us that if we died with Christ we also live with Him and He is sitting at the right hand of God; hence spiritually we are also siting at the right hand of God.
Verse 2 & 3a is a reminder to the Jews that the Law of Moses and the word of God through the prophets held undeniable truths and consequences. The point being that if the transgressions of the children of Israel were met with the swift judgments of God under the Old Testament law we should expect the rejection of the free gift of salvation through the blood of His son Jesus to be equally as swift and final.
The last part of verse 3 points out that Jesus was the first to declare the gospel of His salvation followed by the Apostles. His authority as Son of God was substantiated by the signs and wonders that followed Him ministry here on earth and the same signs and wonders followed the Apostles when they preached the gospel of Jesus. Today, those who believe can walk in the same authority as Jesus, as God will uphold His word when we tell people about the Lord.
“According to His own will” is an awesome statement. Jesus said in John 5:19 that the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do, yet at every miracle but one, Jesus healed, fed, or cast out the demon without praying first. Only in the resurrection of Lazarus did Jesus pray, but in doing so His prayer was for the hearing of those around and not to seek the will of God. This is proof that the two are actually one, how else would the Son know the will of the Father without first asking.
Today's devotional come directly from thirty plus years of Dr. David Jones' personal study notes.
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