A Warning: Don't Drift from the Gospel
The WARNING | pay attention
The WHY of the warning | lest we drift
The COMPELLING the why | For since …
If God was just in punishing the wicked who neglected the law, how much more will he be just in punishing the wicked who neglect salvation in the gospel.
Obedience isn’t how we prove to God that we are saved.
Obedience is how God proves to us that we have been saved.
May we never know that from which we have been rescued, may we never know the justice of God upon our sin, except by much attention to the cross.
The cross is the fulfillment of Psalm 85:10.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
You haven't yet paid attention to the point that you won't yet drift.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:10
[God’s] grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2 Timothy 3:14–17
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
A. W. Pink
because God has vouchsafed so excellent a Teacher, He must be the more carefully attended unto
The foundation for God’s punishment resides in his holy character and his divine love, for the Scriptures depict sin as a power that moves people away from the holiness of God and warps their existence as God’s creations.
A. W. Tozer in "God's Pursuit of Man"
… there is about the gospel an urgency, a finality which will not be heard or felt except by the enabling of the Spirit. We must constantly keep in mind that the gospel is not good news only, but a judgment as well upon everyone that hears it. The message of the cross is good news indeed for the penitent, but to those who “obey not the gospel” it carries an overtone of warning.