A Short Study of Hebrews 2:1

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”
(Hebrews 2:1)

If while walking on the seashore we came upon a man standing ankle-deep in the water casually casting diamonds into the ocean, we would most certainly consider that man insane. At best we would say he is ignorant, not knowing the value of diamonds. But such a man is more reasonable than one who has been providentially blessed by God to be sitting under the preaching of the glorious Gospel of His free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus only to drift on by without paying attention to what he/she is hearing. On several occasions when revealing truth, the Lord Jesus said, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15, for example). Yet man by nature refuses to hear. Some refuse because they are indifferent. Some refuse because they consider other things, such as the affairs of this world, to be more important. Others refuse to hear because they do not want to be converted to a message that would demand them to forsake their false hopes and refuges. Others refuse to hear because they do not want to face the persecution that comes from the world (especially family and friends) when we identify and proclaim this Gospel that leaves no room for sinners to boast. But let’s be clear – There is nothing more valuable or more eternal than salvation by God’s gracr in thr Lord Jesus Christ and based on His righteousness imputed and received by God-given faith. There is no better or greater news for one who has been convinced by the Holy Spirit of sin. It is better news than if we were to hear that we won the lottery. It is better news than to hear that we (or one of our loved ones) has been cured of a deadly disease. It is better news than to hear others brag on our character and conduct. It is the only news that will stand the test of God’s final judgment – “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:33-34)

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