NEGLECTING SOMETHING SO-O-O GREAT
August 17, 1997
INTRODUCTION: Neglect - not, to gather; to ignore or
disregard; to fail to attend to properly; to leave undone; lack of
These four verses were written to believers to admonish (put in
mind) them to take their wonderful salvation (“so great
salvation”) provided by the heavenly Father in the person of
the Lord Jesus and make it everything it can possibly be.
“Therefore” - in verse 1 is a reminder of how great a Savior
- Heir of all things and the Creator of the world
- He is the radiance of the glory of God - the exact
representation of the divine nature
- The sustainer of the universe and purifier from sin
- The One Who sits at the right hand of majesty on high
- He is worshipped by angels
- The Lord of Creation
- Everlasting God (2-12)
These verses serve as a warning to remember the superiority of
Christ. Please note: This is speaking of neglecting not
QUESTION: How many homes/marriages have been ruined
Neglect leads to drifting, and drifting leads to defying (Heb.
12:14-29). There is always progression. When this occurs,
Heb. 12:6-11 teaches that as His children, He will chasten in
order to correct.
I. A QUESTION THAT DESERVES DISCUSSION. 3-4
Since the danger here is that of neglecting, not rejecting,
the writer is not encouraging sinners to become Christians,
rather, he is encouraging Christians to pay close attention
to the “great” salvation they have received from the Lord.
Note v.1 uses “we” and “us”
.3 “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a
SALVATION - it has a past, present, and future
1. PAST: REGENERATION - Miraculous new birth.
It is what happened to Saul on the Damascus Road.
It is what happened to me Jan. 7, 1973.
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