Memory is a funny thing. Some events, people and places from my childhood will never be forgotten. Some have slipped away almost completely.
Did you know there are things God has told us that He has admonished us to remember and not let them slip away? He tells us to "give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip." Another translation relates it this way:
It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don’t drift off. (Hebrews 2:1 MSG).
Keep a firm grip. Give the more earnest heed. To what? Hebrews 2 begins with a "therefore," so we need to look back in the context to see what it's there for.
The previous verse speaks of angels and while it is important to know their purpose, there are more important truths God wants us to keep a firm grip on. We have to look back at the entire thought of Hebrews 1 to see what's going on in the beginning of chapter 2.
Hebrews chapter 1 is filled with great truths concerning Jesus Christ. Therein, Jesus is revealed as:
- The Sovereign creator of the universe.
- The brightness of the Father's glory.
- The "express image of his person."
- The One who rules over all by "the word of his power."
- The atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- The One who is seated "the right hand of the Majesty on high."
Jesus, God manifested in flesh, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, the Lamb of God and Ruler of all gave His life for ours. Jesus paid it all. "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip."
Because of all He has done for us, "It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don’t drift off" (Hebrews 2:1 MSG).
Keep a firm grip. In other words, don't forget what He has done for you. Don't "neglect so great salvation" (Hebrews 2:3).
Hang on to and live in the truth. Don't forget what He has done for you. Don't let it slip away.
Keep a firm grip.