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Keep Holding Fast

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Introduction

The Lord’s Supper is a time to be encouraged to keep going on with Christ.
Hebrews 2:1–4 ESV
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Holding Fast to the Word of Christ

Must - this is what has to occur. This is what ought to occur.
Pay closer attention - hast fast, this word was used often to describe holding a ship on course as it was coming into port.
Deuteronomy 32:46 ESV
he said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.
Why do we need to hold fast? Lest we drift away - This referred to the flow of a river. If you are not working against the flow away from Christ, you will drift away from him.
Why?

The Word of Christ is Greater than the Old Covenant

For since the message declared by angels proved reliable - The word that we mediated by angels or God’s messengers was shown to be valid.
Why the reference to angels. Angels were involved in the giving of the Ten Commandments.
Deuteronomy 33:2 ESV
He said, “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.
Psalm 69:17 ESV
Hide not your face from your servant, for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
And every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution -
Transgression - overstepping the bounds of established law
Disobedience - refusal to take heed or to listen to someone
Received a just retribution - got a justified or proper payment or return
How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
How shall we escape - Escape what? The wrath of God and his judgment at the Day of the Lord.
Hebrews 6:1–2 ESV
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
If we neglect - suggests a gradual unthinking movement away from the faith
Matthew 24:37–39 ESV
For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Such a great salvation - The is the so excellent deliverance
What is so excellent or great about it?
The Person of Christ:
The Final Word from God
Hebrews 1:1–2 ESV
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
Hebrews 1:1 ESV
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
The One Who is the Effulgence of God and the Son of God and it our Redeemer
Hebrews 1:3 ESV
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
The One Who is Served and Worship by Angels
Hebrews 1:4–7 ESV
having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
The One Who is the Lord of Creation
Hebrews 1:8–12 ESV
But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

The Word of Christ is Greater Because of the Affirmation

It was declared at first by the Lord - Jesus was the One who preached his excellencies most clearly first.
It was declared at first by the Lord -
And it was attested to us by those who heard - This is a clear reference to the Apostolic band who first heard the truth and confirmed that it was what it claimed to be. The confirmed it by delivering it as the Word of God.
And it was attested to us by those who heard -
While God also bore witness by sign and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will - God testified to the truthful of the message preached by the Apostles by acting in a supernatural way by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:27–31 ESV
for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:27
Acts 14:3 ESV
So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
While God also bore witness by sign and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will -

Introduction

How do we hold fast?
Word
Prayer
Fellowship
Witness
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