Hebrews Chapter 6

In Hebrews Chapter 6, Paul continued his discussion about the Hebrews still being like infants in Christ. He said that they needed solid food as they began to mature in Christ. He urged them to move forward from elementary teachings about Christ to more mature matters.

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Moving to Maturity in Teachings

Paul claimed in Hebrews Chapter 6 that it is impossible for those who have heard about Christ, experienced His greatness, and tasted the goodness of the Word who have fallen back to sin to be brought back again. This means that once a person knows about Christ, they should make every effort to move forward from the basic teachings and to strive for more mature things.

He said that there should not be a need to lay down the foundation of Christ, repentance, and obedience towards God because they should already know about those things.

According to Paul, it was important for those in Christ to know about the righteousness of Jesus and to know good from evil. Those who had fallen back to sin were once again crucifying Jesus Christ and humiliating Him in a public disgrace.

Paul’s Warning against Disobedience

Paul entered into a discussion about people and the goodness or evil that they produce. He warned them against disobedience because these people were in danger of being cursed. These are those who will be burned in the end.

God is not an unjust being. This is why Paul was speaking to the Hebrews this way. He said that God remembers the love that they have showed and the help that they provided. Paul said that he did not want them to become lazy and to fall short of what has been promised.

Certain of God’s Promises

The certainty of God”s promise can be seen from the time of Abraham, who was obedient. He then received what God had promised to him. Now, God made a promise to His people through Jesus Christ, who has entered on behalf of those who love Him.

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Hebrews 6 (King James Version)

1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

3 And this will we do, if God permit.

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

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