Shallowford Free Will Baptist
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
For the Glory of Christ Alone

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    We are beginning a study in the Book of Hebrews on Wednesday Evening.  
 Study Ch. 1
    In these last days, God has spoken through His Son. The words and message, and every event of the Life of Jesus Christ is God revealing Himself to a fallen world. The message is loud and clear, Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. His death on the cross is a once for all perfect sacrifice. There is no other provision for salvation. To believe in Him is to be saved. To reject Him is to be eternally doomed and lost.       
   Jesus Christ is superior to angels.  The writer does not want to refute the role of angels in Israel's past, but to show that angels have a servants ministry to God and to the NT believer as well.  They are God's ministering spirits who minister to the heirs of salvation, believers in Jesus Christ. 
   In chapter one of Hebrews we see that's God's Son is superior to angels in the following ways.  1.) Jesus is the Son of God, angels are His servants.  2.) Jesus has a superior name than angels.  It is to His name all creation must show homage and submission.   3.) Jesus has a superior place to angels.  God commands angels to worship His Son at His birth.  4.) Jesus has a superior position to angels.  He sits on a throne and angels serve Him.   5.)  All earthly kingdoms will perish, God's throne is forever.  Jesus Christ sits upon that throne.  6.)  All creation, all earthly kings, and even the angels who rebelled against God will be brought under His subjection, and made His footstool.  7.) Angels are a created order designed to be servants of the Eternal God.  Angels are messengers, servants, and ministering spirits sent forth to serve God's people.  Rest assured that God has angels watching over His people.  Praise God! 
 
  Study ch. 2.  We must heed the warning, God's salvation through Jesus Christ is God's last message for the world.  We must not neglect that great salvation.   
   The final word (message) from God to humanity is spoken through His Son. This word is Salvation and Life. The message is apply summed up in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoso believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus Christ is the long-awaited Messiah promised to Israel. He is Emmanuel (God with us). He is Jehoshua, or Savior. He is the fulfillment of all the OT types and symbols of worship.  Jesus Christ is the “Lamb of God” provided to atone for all sin.   These Jewish believers addressed in this letter of Hebrews have believed in Him, confessed Him, and claimed Him as Savior. Yet, some are contemplating leaving Christ and going back to an inferior system of Judaism. The writer wastes no time in getting to the first warning and the imminent danger of turning back.

    “Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” God’s message of salvation is so complete and final that to believe it is to produce life, and to reject it is to bring condemnation. “To drift away” is like a ship or boat that has become untied or un-moored, and then slowly drifts away with the current.   The first stage in leaving Christ is always to drift away.   It begins slowly, often encouraged by sin, and then slips from the place or person it was anchored to.   Drifting is dangerous and deadly.  

     The danger before them cannot be overstated. The path these Hebrew believers are pursuing leads to total spiritual loss. Even the word spoken by angels carried with it the full recompense of God’s judgement (v.2).   If they by choice forfeit salvation and the Person of Christ, the full weight of God’s judgement cannot be avoided. Note these words, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…spoken by our Lord and was confirmed by others who heard Him…God also bearing witness with signs and wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  The meaning of the word, “neglect” is to be careless of, to make light of, or to have no regard for. Their action treats God’s salvation and all its components with distain or contempt through their neglect.   In effect they will be discarding the very person of Salvation, Jesus Christ.   The message of salvation came to them in the spoken words of Christ, and in the visual message as they saw the expressed image of the fulness of the Father in Jesus Christ.   Therefore, to reject the message is to reject the Person.

     Salvation is great because it is God’s own plan. It is personal to God- it required His Son to die. We are saved by a great Savior.   We are saved at a great cost- His life.   We are saved from a great penalty- death, which He paid for us.   To reject this great salvation could only mean that we would suffer a great penalty for our own sin.

 

     The writer turns his attention to the greatness of the Christ who performed salvation for us.   In verse 5, we are reminded that God has not placed the world to come under the authority of angels, but, has placed all things in subjection to His Son (v.8).   This is God’s ultimate plan that all created things are under the dominion and control of Jesus Christ.   However, at this time all things are not yet put under Him but will be in a future age (v.8b).   Perhaps, a vailed reference to the Future Kingdom Age when the Messiah rules from the throne of David. The death of Christ atones for sin now, but the fulness of redemption is not experienced until a future time, when the curse of sin is removed.

    To exchange the complete and finished work of Christ in redemption that is the foundation of our salvation, for a failed and impotent system of Judaism that has no power now or in the future is to exchange the real thing for an illusion. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”        


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