Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hebrews Bible Study Notes- Chapter 6

Chapter 6


-Go on to maturity in your faith and leave the elementary doctrine of Christ, which is based in the Law (as a tutor to Christ, Galatians 3:24-25) and dead works. Instead (the kai here in the Greek can have the contrastive meaning “but”), have these things: faith toward God, instruction about washings (baptisms), laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment (Hebrews 6:1-2). Those who have been enlightened and have tasted and shared in the heavenly gift of the Holy Spirit having tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away make it impossible to renew (restore) them again to repentance (Hebrews 6:4-6). These crucify once again the Son of God to their own harm and hold Him up to contempt. The fruits of true repentance are not there and there is no crop that is useful for the Kingdom of God if one bears thorns and thistles. These are the worthless ones, near to being cursed, and their end will be consuming fire (Hebrews 6:6, 8). But for the steadfast and believing better things are expected. These drink the falling rain and produce abundant crops, which are useful for the Lord. They are cultivated (disciplined) and receive blessing from God pertaining to eternal salvation (Hebrews 6:7, 9). “God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His Name in serving the saints, as you still do (Hebrews 6:10).” The author’s desire is for each person to whom that he is writing to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that there is no sluggishness, but an imitation of those who through faith and patience (perseverance) inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:11-12). *Application* This section in its context is really about adherence to the Law of Christ verses the reverting back to the Torah (Law of Moses, Old Covenant dispensation) in hopes of eternal life. No one can say they accept Christ and then go back to any other system for salvation. This, as Hebrews puts it, crucifies Christ again (which cannot happen, once was all it took, Hebrews 10:10) and makes a mockery of Him holding Him up to contempt. The basic principle is this: We must accept Jesus Christ for who He actually is, the propitiation for our sins, and quit trying to come to any other conclusion. We must abide in Him continually for salvation. There are those who get enlightened (they experience God in revelation, they sense God’s presence near, the Light shines on them, but not in them, 2 Peter 1:19), partake (share, a partner, not a child) and taste (enjoy, experience, but not digestion) in the Holy Spirit, but have no root and do not produce the fruit in the end of righteousness by true faith. These are like the seeds that Jesus spoke of in His parable that receive the Word of the Kingdom with joy, but it is temporary and they fall away because of their rocky soil, a wavering and untrue heart (Matthew 13:20-21). There is no other way to Heaven than Jesus Christ. Abide in Him!

-Jesus Christ has become our forerunner as our ultimate High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 6:20). He can swear by no other but Himself since He is the greatest and most high. Therefore, His Word is true (He cannot lie) and we have hope and encouragement in Him alone. Jesus is a sure and steadfast anchor of our soul, a hope that enters into the holy of holies behind the curtain veil and secures our relationship with Him (Hebrews 6:13-19). *Application* Those who truly know the Lord will have no need for anything else. He brings us into His grace and into His presence because He is a faithful High Priest and there is no shifting shadow with Him (James 1:17-18). To turn to any other form of religion is disaster for your soul. His Holy Spirit will seal you when you completely turn everything over to Jesus Christ and quit trying to earn salvation (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). Jesus is the complete and final answer (Hebrews 12:1-2).


Verse to memorize- Hebrews 6:10

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