The Danger of Drifting 2:1-4
Do not drift from Christ: 2:1-3.
In Hebrews chapter 1, we have 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.
We cannot neglect the great salvation that has been declared to us in the gospel that brings life to our soul.
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). Those who were eye witnesses of Christ passed on this good news to us. It was confirmed by the Apostles (1 John 1:2, 3). Also It was verified by signs, wonders, various miracles and by giving 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. 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 of salvation (Act 4:12). It is accessible to all. This is the great salvation because it gives eternal life. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned by works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone and in Christ alone.
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 to welcome you and restore you to His fellowship. His Word reveals the great plan of salvation. Those who believe Him will be saved. God wants us 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. Let us be anchored in Christ, so that we may not drift from Him. Refresh your heart today by meditating the message of God's grace, the gospel. May God help us!