The Necessity of Paying Attention to the TruthRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., March 1, 2020
Part of the Hebrews series.
This Sunday our message will come from Hebrews 2:1-4. This passage begins with an inspired exhortation to “ pay much closer attention” to the truth that we have found in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Some might well ask if there is anything left for us to do, that we must do, once we come to a saving knowledge of Christ. After all, we are saved by grace apart from our works.
Well, here in this passages from Hebrews we find our answer. And what we will discover is that there is, indeed, something most critical that we all must do!
To state it from the positive side, the author exhorts us to “ pay much closer attention” to the Word of God. From the negative side, he warns us not to “ drift away” from the truth, and not to “ neglect” it either (vv. 1, 3). These commands and warnings certainly make it clear that there is much we are responsible for, even after we have experienced the all-sufficient grace and mercy of God in Christ!
Along with this, there is also in this passage the distinct, yet unspoken, implication that throughout the course of our Christian lives we will be confronted with the persistent temptation to slack off in our commitment to Christ and His Word. This is precisely the very serious situation that the original readers of this Epistle faced.
Our task on Sunday will be to explore what it means in practical terms for us to give our fullest and most focused “ attention” to the truth, especially in the midst of the very real temptations to ” neglect” and ” drift away” from His Word.
1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (KJV)