Hebrews Chapter Six
Chapter six picks up where chapter five leaves off about elementary vs. mature doctrines. As we talked about yesterday, the doctrine of Christ is supposed to be an elementary doctrine to go along with repentance, faith, washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Some of these the Church of God is better trained than others. However, the author of Hebrews viewed these all as elementary. I am going to assume that most of you who are disciplined enough to do devotions every day are ready to go on to the more mature doctrines.
Speaking of more mature doctrines and teachings, verses four through six are quite interesting. It states that “it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them to repentance.” What this seems to be saying is that it is impossible to be saved, then fall away, and then be saved again. I’m not sure exactly what I think about this, and I won’t pretend to have all the answers. However, it is interesting nonetheless and could be looked at by all.
On Sunday when we introduced the book of Hebrews, I mentioned that one of the main purposes of Hebrews was to encourage the Jewish Christians. These Jewish Christians were going through some tough times, and they presumably doubted their faith at times. The rest of chapter six serves as encouragement for them and to reassure them. Verse eleven encourages them “to have the full assurance of hope until the end.” We aren’t to be pretty sure of what is to come in the age to come, but we are to have a FULL assurance of hope. We are to be confident in the faith that we have. It’s through this bold and confident faith that we can be imitators of those who inherit the promise of the Kingdom. We can be sure of the promises set before us because “it is impossible for God to lie,” (Heb 6:18). We can be encouraged by this. God has promised us the Kingdom, and he is a promise keeper. We just have to accept the free gift.
There has been a lot of content in the first six chapters of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews has provided a lot of reason for the Jewish Christians to be encouraged. They, along with us, can be sure of the hope that we have. God has promised us many great things, and he is a faithful God. We have been granted a free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. There has been a lot of talk on Jesus in the first six chapters. We have seen Jesus being glorified repeatedly in the first six chapters. He is our high priest. Many times Church of God people can fail to give Jesus the credit that he deserves because they are too worried with trying to distinguish him from God. Jesus is deserving of glory, and when he is glorified, God is glorified in him. With that said though, many people in the Christian world give Jesus too much glory by making him equal with God. Although Hebrews does a great job of giving Jesus the credit he is due, the author also does a great job distinguishing between God and Jesus. There is a happy balance between giving Jesus glory and distinguishing him from God. Overall I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the first six chapters of Hebrews. It doesn’t slow down at all in the last half of the book. I strongly encourage you to continue along with the reading of the devotions, as Sarah Blanchard will do a wonderful job dissecting the second half of the book. I hope you all had a great week!
In Christian love,