Summary: Many lose interest once the "new" wears off.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
1. It is possible to have the word lose importance in our lives.
2. As a teenager I would watch the Top 40 songs. There might be a song in the Top 10 for weeks and eventually would “slip” until it was off the charts. Why? Something new would come along and even though the song was good – it got old.
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
1. This is the spirit in the world – always looking for something new.
2. What new fad can come along to catch our fancy?
3. The world is easily bored and seeks something new.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
1. We see the trends going on in this generation and think they are new.
2. Nothing is new under the sun.
3. Tatoos and body piercings are the new rage.
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
1. Tatoos and body piercings are not new. There was a problem with them during Moses’ day.
2. Should we get a tattoo or do body piercing to be in trend with the world? No – the word is against it.
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
1. There’s that instruction again – don’t slip.
2. We have to hold steadfastly to the things we have been taught.
3. Our roots need to be deep so that we cannot be moved.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
1. Have you ever tried to eat spoiled meat or drink spoiled milk?
2. Here are things that can spoil us or cause us to slip:
3. PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT – I signed up for a philosophy class in college. Right off the bat the professor pointed to the black board (which was actually green) and said, “This is green – but maybe not”.
4. There are some who want to question everything – philosophy causes doubt and not faith.
5. TRADITION OF MEN – I was taught years ago in another church that tradition should be held equal with the Bible – that is to justify certain practices or beliefs.