“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. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 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; 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?” (Hebrews 2:1–4, KJV)
Argh. My computer is most definitely behaving oddly today. It’s making it VERY hard to switch between windows.
Paul has spent Chapter one proving that Jesus Christ is more than a man, indeed, higher than that of the angels. For this reason, when you get into study of Christology, you’ll find that Hebrews 1 is indispensible.
Right now, I’m involved in two studies at once, Galatians and Hebrews. I think I’ve made the point that there is connections between Romans and Hebrews, Galatians and Romans/Hebrews, Ephesians leads to Colossians leads to Galatians leads to Romans to Hebrews. When you study them in that order, you begin to notice things. Am I saying the books of the Bible should be rearranged? No, there’s reasons they’ve been put in that order. If God thought it important enough to change the order, He’d mave made sure we put them in that order in the first place.
What do we understand from these verses?
- The law was given by angels
- sins will be punished under the law
- The New Testament is of necessity better than the old (we’ll be dwelling on this point at length)
- If sins under the Old Covenant were punished, then how much more if we neglect to get saved? (K’al v’chomer argument – more on this later)
- The way of salvation was spoken of by the Lord at the beginning
- It was confirmed by signs
- The Holy Spirit was still involved in the sign gifts to some extent during the writing of this book of the Bible.
That’s a lot of information, in just a few verses.