Hebrews 2.1 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.
As we open chapter of the book of Hebrews, we find the first of six “perils” or danger signals in the epistle, the peril of drifting. The others we will look at are the peril of doubting (3.7-4.2). The peril of dull hearing (5.11-14). The peril of departing (6.1-20). The peril of despising (10.26-39). The peril of denying (12.15-29). Please note that these perils progressively become stronger and more serious….drifting, doubting, dull of hearing, departing, despising and eventually denying.
The writer includes himself in this admonition about the dangers of drifting. The words, “let them slip” here literally means, “Let them slip past.” The writer here is not speaking about rejecting but neglecting the truth. He is not encouraging sinners to come to Jesus; he is exhorting Christians to take heed to how they are walking.
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise
In chapter 6.19, we will read about how Jesus is to be The Anchor of our faith…an anchor doesn’t move….it keeps the boat from moving. If you toss the anchor overboard, you will drift. The reason for the drifting mentioned here is due to neglect. To hear the Word of God and either ignore it or neglect it will be perilous to you and those around you. By staying in an attitude of prayer….abiding in the Word of God..fellowship, we can stay anchored in Christ and avoid getting caught in the rip tide of the ways of the world or the flesh. Selah