About himself, Jesus said that the Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for us. We see today how God spoke to us and then followed through with signs, wonders, and miracles. How do we ignore such a great salvation? The Lord is calling us to Jesus…
1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
God’s plan of salvation was first announced by the Lord Jesus. The son of man, Jesus said about himself, came to give his life as a ransom for us (Mark 10:45). The apostles who were Jesus’ closest followers confirmed the teaching of Jesus. The Father then reinforced the truth through signs, wonders, and miracles, and then through the gifts the Holy Spirit distributed by his will.
There is so much packed into these verses. We see the triune nature of God emerging in the way Jesus brought the message to earth, with the signs and validation from the Father in heaven, and followed up by the Holy Spirit on the ground after Jesus’ return to heaven. How do we ignore such a great salvation? How do we ignore God’s intervention to save us from ourselves?
How do we ignore such a great love for the lost of our world?
If we do choose to ignore God’s offer, there will be no escape, as we read here. Why is this so? It is because there is no other name given by which we must be saved than the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). There is no other escape from the consequence of our sin. There is no other path to reconciliation with God than Jesus.
Without Jesus, we are dead in our sins and without hope. Listen to Paul’s teaching on this:
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Therefore, we must pay attention to what we have heard so we do not drift away. That’s our point today. Don’t let the hearing of God’s truth fall from our ears without hearkening to the truth and the call of God. The Lord is calling us to Jesus as the only way to himself. Will we listen closely to the words and the testimony of the Father’s miracles and the Spirits ongoing ministry?
May it be so…