The Danger of Drifting 2:1-4
Do not drift from Christ: 2:1-3.
In Hebrews chapter 1, we had seen that Christ is superior to prophets and angels. So the author exhorts believers to pay closer attention to the message delivered by Him (2:1). Otherwise they are in danger of drifting away from Christ. Drifting is moving in the wrong direction from where ships are anchored. It is a slow process. Salvation is a gift from God and never to be neglected. Christians should avoid drifting by growing in the grace and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Pet 3:18). If we are preoccupied with the world and neglect the gathering of believers, prayer meetings, fellowship and the study of the Scriptures, we are prone to drift. Hebrew Christians came to Christ from Jewish faith and ritualism. After they became followers of Christ, they suffered public ridicule and persecutions from Romans and as well as from Jews (10:32, 33). There was shame associated with the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Christianity was not a recognized religion. So they were tempted to go back to their old religion to avoid persecution and shame. These Christians were not anchored in Christ. So the author exhorts and warns the believers to give more earnest attention to the things they have heard. Otherwise they are in danger of drifting away from Christ. The writer asks the crucial question. ”How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation"? When Adam and eve disobeyed they forfeited their glory and dominion. Israel received just punishment in the Old Testament when they disobeyed the Law. If so, how sever would be the punishment of those who neglect the great salvation revealed by Jesus Christ. God sent his Son to rescue us from our lost state. The author asks the crucial question "How shall you escape if you neglect so great salvation?"
Christ is the author of the great salvation: 2:4.
It was predicted in the Old Testament and first announced by Lord Himself (Mark 1:14). It was confirmed by those who heard Jesus. They were the eye witnesses of Christ (1 John 1:2-3). Also it has been verified by signs and , wonders. Signs were the veracity of the gospel message and confirmed its truthfulness. These were marks of apostles (2 Cor 12:12). Also it was confirmed by gifts of the Holy Spirit. Apostolic ministries were accompanied by these miracles to prove the truthfulness of their message. Since there is no continuation of apostles, there is no continuation of these sign gifts. I apostles were foundational, there is no need for sings and wanders today (Eph 2:20). Why is it so great salvation? Because salvation cost the life of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). It is the only way people can get saved (Act 4:12). It is accessible to all. It gives eternal life. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned by good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone and in Christ alone. Have you received this great salvation by believing in Jesus Christ?
Drifting can lead to Doubting.
Author warns the readers about the danger of neglecting so great salvation. Those who do not take the Word of God seriously will drift away from Jesus Christ (2:1). Drifting can lead to doubting and doubting to hardness of heart (3:7-13). This would lead to dullness of hearing the Word of God (5:11). Those who neglect the Word will despise it sooner or later. This can lead to sinful life style (10:26). Knowing the truth never saves anybody but faith in Jesus Christ. Those who despise the Word may refuse even to listen the Word of God. They cannot escape the judgment of God (12:25). If you are drifting from Christ, there is no place to go. Jesus is waiting for you. He wants you to come back. He will welcome you and restore you to His fellowship. His Word reveals the great plan of salvation. Christ wants you to grow in the grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. So do not neglect the study of the Scriptures, the gathering of the believers and prayer meetings. God wants us to be anchored in Christ, so that we may not drift from Christ. We cannot neglect the gospel because it is the Word of Life.