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;
1. "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;"
a. escape (1628 * ekphengo) To flee out of a place.
b. neglect (272 * ameleo; a-without; melei-to show concern, to care) To show no concern. [In Matthew 22:5, "made light of"; 2 Peter 1:12, "be negligent"; Hebrews 8:9, "regarded them not"; In Jeremiah 4:17, the Septuagint, "rebellious".]
c. The instances of how the Greek word ameleo is translated in other verses sheds much light on it. Could it mean that if we fail to take advantage of God's full meaning of salvation we may be sinning against God?
c. salvation (4991 * solteria) Scofield: The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing and soundness.
1). There is no escape if we neglect so great salvation. This great salvation is received through believing.
a). Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
b). Within the gospel message the power of God is brought to bear on any situation simply by believing.
c). Mark 9:23 "Jesus saith unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
2. "which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,"
a. There are numerous examples in Scripture of Jesus speaking of this "great salvation".
1). Healing: Matthew 8:5-13; Matthew 9:20-22.
2). Miracles: Matthew 14:25-33; Matthew 8:23-27.
3). Casting out devils: Matthew 15:21-28; Matthew 17:14-21.
3. "and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;"
a. confirmed (950 * bebaioo) To make firm or reliable so as to warrant security and inspire confidence, to strengthen; make true, fulfill.
1). Luke 1:1, 2 "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;"
2). Acts 1:1-3 "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto those apostles whom he had chosen; to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:"
My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.