A Serious Question
There are some serious questions in the Bible and this is one of them. Genesis 3:9, "Where are you?" Genesis 4:9, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Job 14:14, "If a man dies shall he live again?" Mark 8:37, "What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" And our text today, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?"
These Hebrew Christians were not rejecting salvation; they were neglecting salvation. The Greek word for neglect means "They made light of it."
Proverbs 24 gives a description of a vineyard that had been neglected. There was no wall around it. The ground was full of thorns and thistles. There was no fruit on the vines. The vineyard was the way it was because it had been neglected. "I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction, a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest."
Many years ago I was a chaperone on a youth trip to Deming, New Mexico. We had backyard Bible school for the local Hispanic children. When the week was over and we started to leave, I had kids hanging on my legs saying, "I wish you were my daddy." Needless to say, they had been neglected.
I want us to consider this serious question this morning.
1. THERE IS A CAUTION WE MUST HEED.
Who is the writer addressing in this text? Notice the editorial "We" How shall we escape... He included himself. I believe there are 5 "we's" and 1 "us" in this text. These Jewish Christians were being tempted to go back into Judaism. They knew better. However, this was the easy way out for them. The easy way out for the Christian often brings the discipline of God.
"How shall we..." We can't. Hebrews 12:6-11
Last week we talked about the eternal security of the believer. Today I am speaking to you about the discipline of God on Christians who neglect salvation.
-A. W. Tozer said, "The untended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to culti ...
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