Summary: Paul warns us to be vigilant in protecting the message of the Gospel lest we allow it to slip from us and lose our very soul.
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Pastor James May
PLUG YOUR LEAKS
Hebrews 1:1-3, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
NIV 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Hebrews 2:1-4, "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. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
NIV 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great 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 gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
We are a people that are greatly blessed this morning. We are living in the greatest time that man could hope to ask for. We are seeing the culmination of all of the prophecies of the Bible as we come down to the very end of God’s great plan for the ages. Isn’t it wonderful to have the living Word of God at your fingertips and to have the privilege of experiencing the very presence of God in the midst of the church? Isn’t it great to know that the God of the Universe, the creator of all things has chosen to come to live within your heart! If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior then you have the most wonderful gift that could ever be given to you.
Many Prophets of old, and multitudes of people who were faithful to God according to all they knew, would look upon us with envy. While they walked upon the earth they desired to have what we have and what we often take so much for granted. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and -all of the great men of faith in the Old Testament would have given everything they had to have the Holy Spirit within them in the fashion that we have in our day. They were faithful and have now entered into the realms of Glory but they never knew the presence of God like we know Him on earth!