To Which Of The Angels Did God Ever Say This?
“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.”
Everything in the first chapter of Hebrews leads to this conclusion, in chapter two, verse one. God spoke in times past, but now God speaks by His Son, who is superior to prophets and angels. What were the readers of this epistle to do with that truth? And, what are Christians today to do with this central truth of the gospel, the superiority of Jesus Christ?
We ought to pay more attention to the gospel of Christ! Give the more earnest heed (one translation says). If we don’t pay attention to Jesus and His message, we can drift away from Him and His message.
And, to add another serious aspect to this – if those who violated the old covenant faced consequences, “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” It was declared, confirmed by signs and miracles – as a fully attested message from God to man.
It is important to agree with the proposition of Hebrews chapter one, the superiority of Jesus Christ. But mere intellectual agreement isn’t sufficient without pay such close attention to Christ and His message – we respond obediently, so that we do not neglect such a great salvation.
Give heed. Pay attention. God seeks our response to Jesus Christ, who has inherited a name far more excellent than angels.