by Michael Gilbert
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God”
(Heb. 3:12, KJV)
The phrase “take heed,” as found in Hebrews 3:12, is of interesting derivation. It is from the Greek word blepo which Arndt and Gingrich tell us relates to “activity of the eyes”.
How, then, does the word come to signify “take heed”? Vine defines the word “to look, see, usually implying more especially an intent, earnest contemplation.” To paraphrase, we could say that the writer of Hebrews urged Christians to see what was there to be seen. They were to open their eyes and contemplate the reality that lay before them (Highers, The Spiritual Sword, vol. 34, num. 1, Oct. 2002, pg. 1).
Just as the United States must “take heed” and be aware of the activities of terrorists, Christians must “take heed” and be aware of serious spiritual dangers arising from the activities of false teachers. A Christian who is not aware of what is going on in the religious world around him will be ill-prepared to defend himself against Satan’s fiery darts. False teachers are all around. We should open our eyes and deeply consider the spiritual world around us. False teachers are doomed eternally, as well as those who follow them (2 Pet. 2:1ff).