Pamphlet 1931 Hebrews kc 4-1
Many of our beloved Christian brothers and sisters have never seen the wonderfully beautiful picture of Hebrews chapter two in its entirety.
The "complete and expanded version" of chapter two of the scholarly Book of Hebrews, written by the apostle Paul to the dispersed House of Israel in these last days, gives us a truly remarkable and in-depth understanding of the reasons (plural) why Jesus Christ came to this earth and the Word became flesh. What is the "complete and expanded version"? It is the one which takes in the many scriptures Paul references and quotes from the law and the prophets and fills-in the details, like adding more pieces of a puzzle, thereby giving us a more complete picture to "see". And how truly exciting it is for those who take the time to "study and rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15)" for many of our beloved Christian brothers and sisters have never seen the wonderfully beautiful picture of Hebrews chapter two in its entirety. Those who have seen it have been deeply touched by what they have "seen", so let's get started with our study.
Paul begins this chapter two, which is actually a continuation from chapter one, with a stern admonition (call it a warning if you will) based on the true and certain things he told us regarding the glory of Son of God in chapter one, which things he expounded on from the many scriptures he rightly divided and drew from the Word of Truth, the fountain of life. Here is what he has to say to us ALL:
The words "more earnest" mean "superabundant attention" (see Strong's #G4056) and the word "heed" means "pay attention to" as in diligently "apply oneself" (Strong's #G4337). Paul in his love for the brethren is telling us that all of God's Word has real depth of meaning for our understanding and we need to earnestly, with discipline (as disciples), especially NOW in these last days, pay close attention to what is written, lest we should let them slip away as time marches on and we fall short of having enough oil in our lamps to make it through the dark hour.Hebrews 2:1
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
In other words, do not let the cares of this world rob you from the fullness of His Truth nor let the traditions of man keep you from studying ALL of God's Word lest you end up withering on the vine. Mark 4:19 "And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful." So wean yourself from the milk bottle and begin to grow and understand your Father's emotions and the love He has shown to us all by sending His precious and beloved Son to both "suffer" and "taste of death for every man (Heb. 2:8)"!
In linguistic terms, the word "if" ("ei" in Greek) is followed by the "Indicative Mood" meaning that the hypothesis (the condition of the "if") is assumed as an actual fact. In simplistic terms, "if" as used here means "since it is true". For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
In other words, Paul is stating the fact that God's Word has already been proven true, in every case, in that the words spoken by His messengers concerning the correction and chastisement that follows transgression and disobedience to His Word is stedfast (sure and true) for it is well documented, or haven't you paid close attention to HIStory? You see, our forefathers (the Israelites) did not "take heed" and obey His commands to remain true and stedfast in His Word... so... they stumbled and fell and were scattered abroad.
So, that being the case...
If we likewise neglect His Word as they did, instead of earnestly heeding to the things that are written as per Paul's instruction in verse one, how shall we be any different than our forefathers? Shall we not also stumble and fall and receive our just recompense in these last days if we become lazy and "dull of hearing"? Time is swiftly marching by and the final hour glass that is reserved for this final generation has already been tipped and the sands are quickly running out. Do not let His saving truth and knowledge slip away and run out on you along with those precious few remaining sands of time. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him;
Also, verses two and three here should bring our thoughts back to the first two verses of this great Book of Hebrews which stated that many times in the past God spoke to our forefathers by the prophets (whose words were stedfast) but now "in these last days" He has spoken unto us (concerning salvation) by the Lord Himself, His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things (Heb. 1:1-2). And that great message of salvation was "confirmed", meaning "passed on", by those that heard Him, even as it is by those who earnestly "hear" Him in these last days...
All this was done NOT as man so chose to do, but according to the Plan of God which was ordained from the beginning, when the Word was with God, remember? God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
How well do you understand the Plan of God? Surely you have read and understood that man was placed "in charge", i.e. been given dominion in this flesh age (though he "blew it" in the fall and what a mess he has made of things since then)! In fact, you can read of the dominion mankind was given in the very first chapter of Genesis (vs. 26-29). Of course, that part of the plan is clearly obvious though the reason and purpose has remained obscure to most. For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
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