Folks, pay attention! If the law is binding, we are doomed – except by external salvation. But this salvation is provided through Christ. He announced it, apostles repeated it and showed it, signs, wonders and miracles made it tangible, the gifts of the H/S made us experience it.
10. a. Pay careful attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away
b. The message of salvation, announced by the Lord, confirmed by the Apostles, testified in signs, wonders, miracles and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
11. a.Temptation surrounds us. We live in a time that is more connected and, as such, more corrupted by the sins of all mankind than of any time in the past. Wickedness is thrust upon us through every medium and temptation is never more than 2 clicks away.
b. The preponderance of wickedness is so overwhelming that we quickly realize the only path out is God’s way. There is no way to stand up under our own strength.
12. (Personal) We have different learning styles. Some of us need to see it, some hear, some touch, some experience. God loves us so that He has taught his truth about salvation in every possible way. I need to be thorough and complete in my teaching of the word. I need to understand the absolute truth of God’s love and erase all doubt. I need to blanket myself in His love.
I love these verses where there is so much packed into so few words. When you look at it this where there is no reasonable argument for not believing. Not only can you see it, feel it, experience it, do it, hear it, but you can also clearly understand the ramifications of not following it. The message has been clearly delivered by the messengers (angels) and by every other means possible. Only by choosing to becoming purely ignorant and choosing to turn away can we fail to see the importance and the truth.
It requires far more faith to not believe than it does to believe in salvation through Jesus Christ!