How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord…
I. GOD HAS MADE ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR THE WELFARE OF THE WORLD. "So" — the descriptive word of a child when failing to set forth in detail an object beyond its ability.
1. Salvation is God's highest achievement.
2. Supplies all the wants of mankind.
3. Is all-powerful in its influence.
4. Is destined to be universal in its success.
5. Is everlasting in its duration.
II. GOD'S ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR THE WELFARE OF THE WORLD MAY BE IGNORED. "If We neglect" implies —
1. The freedom of the human will.
2. The deluding power of sin.
3. The futility of mere knowledge.
4. The evil of contempt.
5. The power of self-righteousness.
6. The actual prevalence of carelessness.
(1) Some are totally indifferent.
(2) Some are idly procrastinating.
(3) Some by hoping for the best.
(4) Some because others do.
III. GOD'S ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR THE WELFARE OF THE WORLD, IF IGNORED, LEAVES MAN HOPELESS. "How shall we escape?"
1. Man bears in himself the elements of destruction. Born a sinner. Sin will never destroy itself. Powder train laid.
2. Salvation the only remedy. Ark, Brazen Serpent, Cities of Refuge. "No other name." "Jesus only."
3. Man's effort to appropriate the appointed means is essentially necessary. Wrecked sailor must enter lifeboat; manslayer flee to city of refuge; patient take prescribed medicine.
4. Non-compliance on man's part will result in endless misery.
(B. D. Johns.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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;
WEB: how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation—which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard;