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Neglecting Salvation

The author of Hebrews asked, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (2:3).

Missing out on salvation doesn’t take a lot of effort. We don’t have to be openly defiant of God or actively oppose Him. We don’t have to burn Bibles or destroy churches. We don’t have to be guilty of egregious sins such as murder or adultery. In fact, we don’t have to do much of anything, just neglect salvation.

That’s not surprising is it? It shouldn’t be. You can’t accomplish anything by neglecting it. You can’t become an athlete by neglecting sports. You can’t build a retirement nest egg by neglecting to save. You can’t even have a clean house by neglecting it! Yet many people seem to have the strange idea that you can be a Christian by believing in Jesus in some sense and doing little else.

In contrast, Hebrews advises: “pay much closer attention to what we have heard” (2:1), “hold fast” (3:14), “be diligent” (4:11), “draw near” (4:16), “press on to maturity,” (6:1), “not forsaking our assembling together” (10:25), “lay aside sin” (12:1), “run with endurance” (12:1), etc.

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