I have no idea why I let my friends talk me into going to the States for a shopping trip. I hate shopping trips. But, they were my friends and I was about 19 with time to kill. After we crossed the boarder we stopped referring to the map because we got caught up in actually being in the States for the first time on our own. I didn’t realize how quickly a small thing like drifting off course could become so virulent until I stopped for gas and found myself in the middle of a shoot out. As bullets were flying and gunshots were coming from multiple directions I immediately understood – drifting can be deadly. That’s precisely why we need to give the Gospel Priority.
In Hebrews 2:1-4 the pastor (the author) gives us Three Reasons Why We Need To Give The Gospel Priority.
To be clear, I’m not trying to communicate reasons why we should share the Gospel. I mean, the Gospel is so essential that we need to give its personal application our best and most careful attention.
I. Since the messenger (Jesus) is the greatest we need to give Him our greatest attention
Now that the author has shown that Jesus is greater than angels, we’re warned to give Jesus’ message more attention. One reason we need to pay careful attention to Jesus is the quality of His message – since He is the greatest we know that His message is greater than any other’s. That point, however, doesn’t inspire the dread and fear of the Lord that we probably need it to.
II. Since the penalty is greater we need to give Jesus’ message our greatest attention
Another reason to pay our closest attention to the Gospel is the penalty that ignoring it carries. The author compares the Gospel with messages coming from lessor messengers. If messages coming from angels was binding then we can be sure that Jesus’ message is more binding and the punishment for rejecting it is inescapable.
III. Because Jesus and His message are superior drifting is absolutely unthinkable
The author makes a big deal about how much greater the message of Jesus is and then leads us to an application – don’t drift! It is vital that we don’t treat the Gospel casually, or give priority to some other message or spiritual direction. To treat Jesus and His message too casually will result in drifting into something extremely negative.
IV. Drifting is a really big deal because we can drift out of our friendship with Jesus
If we treat the Gospel too casually we are warned that we could miss salvation completely. We absolutely need to make sure that this world doesn’t distract us from what’s of primary importance – we need to make sure that Jesus and His message have the greatest part of our attention and activity.
Here are the Three Reasons Why You Need To Give The Gospel Priority
1) The messenger is the greatest messenger
2) The message is the greatest message
3) The penalty for drifting is inescapable and totally severe
What about you?
Is the personal application of the Gospel getting your most careful attention?
Or, did you see something different in the text?
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