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Summary: It’s not uncommon to see homes, old business buildings, farms in disrepair, dilapidated, testimonies of neglect. As sad as each of these instances of neglect may be, they fail to be as sad as when someone rejects God’s gift of salvation.

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The Tragedy of Neglect Hebrews Series Pt. 2 2/19/2014

Introduction

A Living in Chester (So. IL) it’s not uncommon to see homes, old business buildings, farms in disrepair, dilapidated, testimonies of neglect.

1 Many nursing homes are sadly neglecting their senior residents, unfit parents regularly neglect their children.(Proper care, concern, attention)

a As sad as each of these instances of neglect may be, they fail to be as sad as when someone rejects God’s gift of salvation.

b Enter eternity lost, without God’s grace.

1 Paul exposes a situation that comes in a close 2nd on the scale of tragedy... a audience that hasn’t rejected salivation, but rather were neglecting it.

a Hebrews 2:1-4 (NASB) 1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

b Neglect (vs. 3) id also in Matthew.

Matthew 22:5 (KJV) 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

aa Aoriest, Perfect Tense: Not always that way; recent development.

bb Paul isn’t writing to a lost people, but to Christians who has simply began to not care about their salvation.

B It’s a sad sight to see Christians developing a lasse fair approach to their salvation.

1 We’re gonna look tonight at the tragedy of neglect.

a The reason for neglect.

b The results of neglect.

c The remedy of neglect.

I The reason for neglect. (Vs. 3-4)

Hebrews 2:3-4 (NASB) 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

A People don’t grasp salvation’s greatness.

1 Paul’s audience were drifting back into the law wen they had already laid hold to salvation through grace, which was far superior to the law.

a The law required the constant shedding of blood from bulls, goats, rams.

b Salvation is great because God designed it & gave it to mankind.

2 Paul addresses the greatness of salvation by giving these three features:

a Proclaimed by the Lord. (Law was given by angels (vs2) Gospel of grace was given by God Himself)

b Confirmed by those who heard it.(Apostles witnessed it (vs.3))

c Certified by God by miracles that accompanied the message. (Miracles in the first century wasn’t primarily to ease suffering but rather to prove the One performing them was from God.)

B Salvation’s uniqueness is forgotten.

1 “How shall we escape?”


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