7754 - Five Warnings


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As we begin our study of the book of Hebrews we call attention to five forceful warnings from God to the believers in the newly founded Church there in the first century.

But these warnings equally apply to Christians of all centuries so let’s look at them in outline form before we dig into our verse by verse study of this book.

The first warning appears in chapter 2, verses 1-3:

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

Here is a clear and sobering warning that believers must not drift away from the gospel truth. Our primary focus should be to obey Jesus and do what pleases Him.

The second warning is found in 3:7 through 4:13. Let me read 3:12-14.

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

The warning here is against an unbelieving heart which turns away from the living God. As believers we should be encouraging other believers to likewise hold to the truth, and do not let the sin of unbelief rob us of knowing and serving Jesus.

Notice the evidence that we indeed share in Jesus Christ, is that we are just as firmly anchored in our faith at the end of life as we were when we first embraced Jesus and invited Him to be our Lord.

The third warning is in chapter 5; verse 11 through 6:20. Here the warning is against apathy and laziness with the encouragement to go on to maturity; and to grow in our faith and our knowledge.

Listen to 6:1 plus verses 11 and 12.

...let us leave the elementary teaching about Christ and go on to maturity...We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Apathy is a great danger. Many believers get wrapped up in their daily routine and fail to give time and attention to our Savior, the Lord Jesus. How much time do you invest in listening to Him each day through reading His Word?

The fourth warning is in 10:19-39. I’ll read verses 29,26 and 39.

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? ... If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left...But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed.

We are warned not to trample the Son of God under foot, and treat the eternal truth of God, and the blood of his covenant with and devalue the things of God.

And the fifth warning is chapter 12; verses 14-29. Listen to verses 14-15, and then 28.

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God...since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

The warning is that we should live holy, righteous, godly lives. Our attitude toward God is covered in this warning. Do we have a correct view of the exalted God of the universe? Do we trust and rely upon the life of Trinity God to be lived in and through us each day?

May we heed these five warning from God.