There is No Escape for Neglect!

“how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” What do you think when you hear or read these words from the Bible?
The definition and Synonyms of neglect according to the Merriam Webster dictionary are–“the state of being unattended to or not cared for such as ‘for years the barn sat in neglect until one day it finally fell down'”.

And the Synonyms of neglect are--“desolation, dilapidation, disrepair, seediness, inattention, negligence, abandonment, desertion, decay, decrepitude, dereliction, deterioration, disintegration, dumpiness, ruin, ruination”, the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action as ‘your ongoing neglect of your health is going to land you in the hospital someday’, default, delinquency, dereliction, misprision, failure, negligence, nonfeasance, oversight, carelessness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, laxity”

Life itself teaches us that there are consequences, sometimes severe and sometimes mediocre, for NEGLECT. Obviously, there is no escape from neglecting God, Jesus, and the power of their messengers, the angels; they are eternal and not going away, and inevitably either at death or the Second Coming they must be faced!

So what question remains to be answered? Is this neglect of “SALVATION”, only our salvation of the past; or is it past, present, and future. Right here and now in Hebrews 1 and 2, it is talking about what God the Father said about the salvation provided through Christ: It is so great, how can you at any time, especially NOW, neglect this GREAT SALVATION OF THE GREAT GOD THE FATHER AND THE GREAT LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE GREAT HOLY SPIRIT THAT WROUGHT THIS SALVATION IN OUR LIVES, PAST CALLED REDEMPTION AND THE NEW BIRTH, NOW CALLED SANCTIFICATION AND BEING SET ASIDE FOR THE FATHER; AND FUTURE WITH THE RESURRECTION OF OUR BODIES FOR THE NEW EARTH. Just talking about it and thinking about it, you know it to be GREAT.

No, you can not and dare not neglect initial faith and repentance with the new birth; definitely not, you dare not neglect present and continuing salvation of becoming more Christlike each day; and you can not afford to neglect the marvelous possibility of new and resurrected life at the END and for eternity! Agreed, then practice each remaining day of your life an awareness of this Greatness, considered Webster’s Antonyms for neglect as:   “compliance, discharge, fulfillment, conservation, preservation, upkeep, keeping, repair”

Hebrews 1:8-14 and 2:
8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”[g]
10 And:
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”[h]
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?[i]
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Footnotes:
Hebrews 1:3 NU-Text omits by Himself.
Hebrews 1:3 NU-Text omits our.
Hebrews 1:5 Psalm 2:7
Hebrews 1:5 2 Samuel 7:14
Hebrews 1:6 Deuteronomy 32:43 (Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls); Psalm 97:7
Hebrews 1:7 Psalm 104:4
Hebrews 1:9 Psalm 45:6, 7
Hebrews 1:12 Psalm 102:25–27
Hebrews 1:13 Psalm 110:1
Hebrews 2 New King James Version 

                                    Do Not Neglect Salvation

2 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
The Son Made Lower than Angels
5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7 You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,[a]
And set him over the works of Your hands.
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”[b]
For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

                     Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”[c]
13 And again:
“I will put My trust in Him.”[d]
And again:
“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”[e]
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Footnotes:
Hebrews 2:7 NU-Text and M-Text omit the rest of verse 7.
Hebrews 2:8 Psalm 8:4–6
Hebrews 2:12 Psalm 22:22
Hebrews 2:13 2 Samuel 22:3; Isaiah 8:17
Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:18

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