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8) Hebrews - Chapter 2:3 - How shall we escape?
How shall we escape? Hebrews 2.
This is the conclusion suggested by the "if" in verse two. There is no escape.
Three characteristics of God make it impossible for man to escape:
a) He is omnipresent - man cannot go where God is not.
b) He is omniscient - all-wise, so He cannot be outwitted by man.
c) He is omnipotent - all-powerful, therefore man cannot overpower Him.
1) He is almighty - Genesis 17:1, Genesis 35:11, Revelation 21:22
2) He is the source of all power - Romans 13:1: There is no power but of God.
Some have tried to escape from God, but found it impossible:
a) Adam and Eve tried to hide (Genesis 3:8)
b) Cain tried to hide (Genesis 4:10), but God said, "The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto Me from the
c) Jonah tried it, but couldn't
If we neglect so great a salvation:
In what ways is our salvation great?
a) 1st Peter 1:12: Angels desire to look into it
b) John 8:56: Abraham rejoiced as he saw it coming
c) Hebrews 5:9 and Hebrews 12:2: Christ is the author of it.
d) John 3:16: God loved US.
e) Romans 1:16: It has power.
f) Hebrews 2:3-4: It is confirmed
Was there salvation prior to Christ?
1) Enoch was translated (Hebrews 11:5)
2) Elijah went up by a whirlwind in a chariot of fire and horses of fire (2nd Kings 2:11)
3) Lazarus carried into Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22)
4) Psalms 23: "through the valley of the shadow of death,"
- 2nd Timothy 1:10: "brought life and immortality to light,"
- He spoke of His authority (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:16)
- Part of Discipleship is conversion to another way of life, and doing it!
Was confirmed unto us
The apostles were eye and ear witnesses of His personal ministry:
a) Acts 1:8
b) Acts 1:21
c) 1st John 1:1-3
d) 1st Peter 1:20: "- but was manifested at the end of time for your sake."
3) Acts 26:26: "This thing hath not been done in a corner."
Confirmed by God
First, with regard to their design as signs - miraculous testimonies in behalf of the truth.
Secondly, with respect to their nature as wonders, supernatural acts calculated to excite wonder and amazement in
the minds of those who witnessed them.
Thirdly, with respect to their origin as manifestations of supernatural powers.
Finally, in their specific Christian aspects as gifts and distributions of the Holy Spirit imparted to the original
witnesses and proclaimers of the truth (1st Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11). A good example is Acts 2:43: "And
fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles."
The word "mainfold" is suggestive, for Christ proved His power over may things:
a) Power to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6)
b) Power over unclean spirits (Matthew 10:1)
c) Power to heal sickness (Mark 3:15)
d) Power over nature (Mark 4:39: "Peace be still,")
e) Power over death (John 10:18: "Power to lay it down, power to pick it up."
f) Power to transform human life abounds in the scripture and in human history.
These three expressions appear together to show the devil's powers likewise: 2nd Thessalonians 2:9: "Working of
Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders."
a) The devil deceives, while Jesus deals with truth.
b) The devil's servants can practice magic as well as a magician can fool people; but remember that it is deceit,
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
These gifts pertain primarily to the church, whereas the other expressions were definitely true of God in times past:
Ephesians 4:11: "- He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and
teachers - " 1st Corinthians 12:4-17 - diversities of the Spirit; 1st Corinthians 12:28-30 is a very good list.