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A Warning About Neglect

"For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?" (Heb.2:2-3a).

Have you ever seen what happens to a house that has been abandoned? It may have not been in very bad condition at the time of its abandonment, but things begin to go downhill for the house rather quickly. No one has come in with a wrecking ball, but the deterioration is due to neglect... The inspired writer, in his warning against the peril of neglect, mentions two (2) truths in today's verses. "The message spoken by angels was binding." It was not fluctuating or wavering in any sense, but fixed and settled. It was definite.... Folks like to call this type of sin one of omission. "Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness" (I Jn.3:4). Every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward. "Transgression" (sin) is going beyond, sin of commission. "Disobedience" is the refusal to comply with a command, sin of omission.... "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins" (Jas.4:17). Both classes of sin received a just recompense of reward. They were both punished! The apostle Peter (2 Pet.2:4-6) goes all way back into the Old Testament to prove his point about this, referencing the flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. He finishes the statement like this; "And made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly." Neglect your car and it will break down.... Neglect your job and you'll lose it.... Neglect your relationships and they will fall apart.... Neglect you clothes and they'll become dirty and wrinkly.... We should never be so blind or naive as to think we can neglect the great salvation, God's master plan to save, and escape condemnation. Lets never even contemplate abandoning our first love....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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