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?
[Those who carelessly neglect the salvation of Christ] live a senseless life, neglect the business of religion and their own souls, not taking any course to get an interest in Christ or what he has done and suffered or any part in that glorious salvation he has purchased …
Did our salvation lie with such weight on the mind of Christ, as to induce him to become man, to suffer even death itself, in order to procure it? And is it not worth the while for you, who need this salvation and must perish eternally without it, to take earnest pains to obtain an interest in it after it is procured, and all things are ready?
Shall the great God be so concerned about this salvation as often to overturn the world to make way for it; and when all is done, is it not worth your seeking after? What great, what wonderful things has he done; removing and setting up kings, raising up a great number of prophets, separating a distinct people from the rest of the world, overturning nations and kingdoms, and often the state of the world; and so has continued bringing about one change and revolution after another for forty centuries in succession, to make way for the procuring of this salvation! And when at the close of these ages, the great Savior comes, passing through a long series of reproach and suffering, and then suffering all the waves and billows of God’s wrath for men’s sins, insomuch that they overwhelmed his soul; after all these things done to procure salvation for sinners, is it not worthy of your being so much concerned about it, but that it should be thrown by, and made nothing of, in comparison of worldly gain, happy clothing, or youthful diversions, and other such trifling things?
O! that you who live negligent of this salvation would consider what you do! What you have heard from this subject may show you what reason there is in that exclamation of the apostle: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?”