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.…
To "give earnest heed to the things which we have heard," comprehends several particulars.
1. There is the earnestness itself — that state of mind which is so graphically described (Proverbs 2:3, 4). Such earnestness, from the nature of the case, has much to do with the attainment of the object; and the importance of that object requires such earnestness.
2. There must be the decided and vigorous application of the mind to the things propounded. They must be understood, if they are to be cordially embraced and practically applied. It is needful, accordingly, that the thinking powers should be attentively directed towards them.
3. By being believed and applied, they must be turned to practical account. Without this they will miss their end.Subservient to the attainment of this threefold object, might be reckoned such rules and principles as these:
1. That the "new heart," the" Divine nature," which beats in sympathy with Christian truth, should be sought.
2. That men should watch against inward tendencies and outward influences, which are in danger of withholding them from earnest attention to the things of salvation.
3. That they should seriously ponder the relations of Divine truth to God, to their own souls, and to the destinies of the world to come.
4. That they should implore the Father-Spirit to teach and incline them to "give earnest heed" to these momentous truths, and to these high concerns.
(A. S. Patterson.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.