Listen Up! (Hebrews 2:1-4)

 

  • Hebrews 1:1-4

 

      1. Last week we addressed the fact that God speaks.
      2. We also mentioned that, although God speaks to us in a myriad of ways, one thing is consistent, He regularly uses people to reveal Himself to other people.
      3. Finally, when God speaks He is revealing Himself to us and God’s self-revelation is His invitation for us to be a part of what He is doing.

 

  • Hebrews 2:1-4

 

      1. Today, we will focus on our responsibility as hearers of what God speaks.
      2. Chapter 2  begins with a warning.
      3. At the time when this letter was written, the recipients of this letter were experiencing a faith-crisis. They were under persecution and it was so severe that they began rethinking their commitment to Christ. Many of these second generation Believers really started considering abandoning their confession of faith in Jesus to return to Judaism. So, the Hebrew author gives them (and us) a warning.

 

  • The Warning (v1)

 

      1. Remember, one thing the author is trying to do in this letter is establish Jesus as superior above all other things and people. So, the warning begins by saying, “We must pay closer attention to what God has spoken through Jesus than what He spoke through the prophets, lest we drift away.”
      2. Giving more attention to Jesus is not to say that we can ignore the Old Testament message spoken through the prophets.
      3. Remember 2 Tim. 3:15-17.

 

  • QUESTION: When you hear “drift away” what do you think of?

 

        1. “Drifting” is a gradual and slow moving away from one’s location.
        2. QUESTION: How can we help one another avoid drifting in our faith?

 

  • A Question (vv2-3a)

 

      1. Verse 1 tells us NOT to neglect what we’ve heard. Verse 2 & 3a tells us, through rhetoric, that neglecting – NOT rejecting – the great salvation carries with it, its own punishment and that the negligent hearer will not escape this retribution. Turning a deaf ear to the commandments of God is its own hell.
      2. Read 2 Peter 2:20-21
      3. Read Hebrews 10:23-29

 

 

        1. Pay attention and do what God speaks.
        2. Don’t neglect God’s great salvation.
        3. Hold fast to your confession of faith.

 

  • God’s witness (vv3b-4)

 

      1. The last point of our lesson is that the message of God’s redeeming love is verifiably accurate and trustworthy.
      2. The message of these final two verses is that, we CAN & MUST trust God and His gospel message despite our negative circumstances.
      3. WHY? Because, not only does God speak, He also sees to the completion of what He speaks. The Hebrew writer stated that the message of God was confirmed through other Believers as they testified about the Gospel they had heard and God gave an even greater witness through signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Spirit.
      4. Look at Isaiah 55:10-11

 

  • Finally, we must remember Who it is we serve and worship! That even when we are not faithful He remains faithful and that He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith and salvation. Don’t neglect the truth of God; always trust in Jesus!

 

 

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