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.…
I. THE DUTY ON WHICH THE APOSTLE INSISTS. An attitude of indifference is not the true attitude of the soul to Christ; nor of mere curiosity; nor of a cold professionalism. It is only by earnest thought that we can understand, realise, and retain the gospel of Christ.
II. THE ARGUMENT BY WHICH THE EXHORTATION IS ENFORCED. The exhortation is based upon a twofold comparison; i.e., between the heralds of the two covenants, and the natures of the two covenants.
III. THE WARNING BY WHICH THE APOSTLE SEEKS TO AROUSE ATTENTION TO HIS EXHORTATION.
1. The possibility of losing our hold.
2. The occasions of losing our hold.
3. The manner of losing our hold.The idea is not of a sudden and total renunciation of Christian doctrine — we are not in much danger of that; but of an unconscious giving up of that doctrine.
(W. L. Watkinson.)
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.