A Sermon on Using our Salvation
Hebrews 2:1-4 (NIV)
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,
3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a 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 by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
1. The Offer of Salvation - The Greatness of our Gift
how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
2. The Neglect of Salvation - the Slowness of our Drift
Hebrews 2:1, 3
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
3. The Application of Salvation - The Fullness of our Shift
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
3.1 Exclusive Boundaries
Hebrews 2:2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,…
God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Miracles and gifts
1 Corinthians 2:4
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power
Bring the Holy Supernatural into the unholy natural