Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 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;
"He warned his readers about the dangers of slipping away from participating in the gospel mission by standing on the sidelines as God's plan for history moves forward."
But no verse of scripture stands alone!
The Epistle (or "letter") to the Hebrews is undoubtedly written to Christians. Initially, early Christians who may have been converts from Judaism, but were undoubtedly familiar with the Old Testament is a certainty.
However, If there is any doubt the previous verses refer to the possibility of losing salvation, continue reading this letter to a Christian church (in case we forget, this is a continuous letter that was not initially sectioned off into chapters and verses):
The Lord lays the case out in black and white so we can biblically and historically see God's hand in judgment of His people. Our first reaction should be one of "Oh, I see."
to remove, that is, (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.: - depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.
to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to remove; to excite to revolt; to stand off, to stand aloof; to go away, to depart from anyone; to desert, withdraw from one; to fall away, become faithless; to shun, flee from; to cease to vex one; to withdraw one's self from, to fall away; to keep one's self from, absent one's self from
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
apostasia- noun defection from (the state of) truth, apostasy, falling away, forsake.
total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc..
"No, judge, we never met, but I want a divorce and financial support!"
divorce, repudiation, a bill of divorce
The Old Testament Israel had blessings and curses for their obedience and disobedience. The Lord expected their obedience based on the testimony they received. We, as the true, spiritual Israel, have blessings and judgment based on our obedience and disobedience. However, our disobedience will be judged more harshly because we have a better testimony than the one old testament Israel received. They fell away and did not enter His rest, the then Promised Land, and the same thing applies to us, with the understanding that the rest God is truly talking about is a spiritual one. Salvation.
We need to abide in Christ and the faith, and endure in righteousness and obedience from our hearts until the end.
I BELIEVE WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS AND ARE NOW EXPERIENCING THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT FALLING AWAY!
There is no way the 2016 presidential candidates could have received the Christian support that they have, unless people's hearts and minds are not with God in Christ!
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.