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Book of Hebrews
Forth Peril, departing (Heb.6:1-20)
Theme: Danger signal: peril of departing
Most commentators say that this is the most difficult Passage in the Bible to interpret. Every God-fearing person has come to this section with awe and reverence. And every one who tries to comment on this Passage does it with a sense of inadequacy, and that is certainly the way I feel about it.
Danger Signal: Peril of Departing (Hebrews 6:1-20)
In the previous chapter the danger signal was the peril of dull hearing. Now as the Hebrew Christians can already see persecution coming, there is a danger of their turning from their confession of Christ and going back to Judaism. He mentions the baby things of Judaism which had to do with ritual. He encourages them to grow up, to go on to maturity.
Hebrews 6:1 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, (KJV)
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ . . . the Gospel is the doctrine of Christ, and is so called, because Christ Jesus, as God, is the Author of it; as Mediator, He received it from His Father; and as Man, He preached it. Jesus is the sum and substance of it! The main beliefs of this doctrine of Christ are either the easier parts of the Gospel, which are called milk in the latter part of the preceding chapter (Heb.5:12-14).
Let us go on to perfection . . . let us go on is horizontal, not vertical. Unto perfection is maturity, full age. There are six foundational facts in the Old Testament which foreshadow Christ in ritual, symbol and ceremony:
- #1. repentance from dead works;
- #2. faith in God;
- #3. doctrine of baptisms;
- #4. laying on of hands;
- #5. resurrection of the dead; and
- #6. eternal judgment.
Comparing the Old Testament to the Gospel shows a more perfect knowledge of the things of God, and which is the clear revelation and ministry of the Gospel; and which the rites and ceremonies, types and figures of the law, never could do.
Not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works . . . the works were the works of the Mosaic Law. The Hebrews continually tried to keep the Law, always breaking it, then repenting, breaking it again. By the way of his offering, through the priests, he repents, but now, under the Gospel dispensation, believing Jews, as these were to whom this is written, were not to learn the doctrine of repentance from slain beasts, or to show it in this way; because the repentance and remission of sins were preached most clearly to them in the Name of Christ.
And of faith towards God . . . the Old Testament taught faith toward God; so just to say you believe in God does NOT mean you have come very far. The Old Testament ritual presented a faith in God by approaching Him through the temple sacrifices, NOT through Christ as High Priest.
Evangelical faith is usually called the faith of Christ or faith in Christ. But this absolutely does respect faith in God, as the God of Israel. John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (KJV) . . . The Lord said this to His apostles, who were all Jews. "Ye believe in God" . . . ye have been taught, and used to believe in God, as the God of Israel, "believe also in me", as His only begotten Son and the Messiah, and the Mediator between God and man. So that now the Hebrews were not only to have faith towards God, as the God of Israel, and to teach and receive that doctrine; but to have faith in Christ as the Saviour of lost sinners, without the go-between use of sacrifices of the Levitical priests.
Mediator: (Gal.3:19-20; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.8:6; 9:15; 12:24).
Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (KJV)
Of the doctrine of baptisms . . . this has nothing to do with New Testament baptism. This refers to the washings of the Old Testament ritual, and there were many of them. The Hebrew believers wanted to return to these rituals which were only shadows of the Messiah. They predicted Christ, the reality. Baptism was used in ancient Israel as a symbolic act. We see a passing reference of baptism in the Old Testament in Hebrews 9:10, along with an explanation that baptism is symbolic of the cross. Note that in Heb 9:10, the word used for washings is baptismos, For more on baptism, go to Hebrew chapter 9. There are 108 times in the Old Testament that speak of washing (baptism), 37 of these in Leviticus!
And of laying on of hands . . . this was also an Old Testament ritual. When a man brought an animal offering, he laid his hands on its head to mean his identification with it. The animal was taking his place on the altar of sacrifice. That was done away with when Jesus went to the cross (altar), for us! (Heb.7:27; 9;23,26; 10:12). Jesus’ Sacrifice for us was once for all (Heb.10:10). There is NO need to offer animal sacrifices anymore! Jesus paid it ALL, once for all of us!
And of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment . . . the resurrection of the dead was taught in the Old Testament, but now they needed to recognize the resurrection of Christ and the Living Christ. Resurrection of the dead in OT: (Gen.2:7; 3:19; Job 19:25-27; Ps.16:10; 49:15; 73:24; 86:13; Dan.12:2; Hos.13:14). Eternal judgment was also taught in the Old Testament. The wicked would be eternally punished in Hell: (Ps.9:17; 55:15; Pro.5:5; 7:27; 15:11; Isa.5:14; 14:9,15; 33:14; 34:10; 66:24; Eze.31:16; 32:21).
Hebrews 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit. (KJV)
And this will we do, if God permit . . . this should not be interpreted as if God was unwilling that they should advance, or if it were doubtful whether He would allow it if they made an honest effort. I really think it means their dependence on Him. It is the same as saying, "if He would spare their lives, if He would continue the outpouring of grace, and would impart His Holy Spirit; if He would approve of their efforts, they would be able to make these advances."
We must consider that anything we undertake, however pleasing to God it is in itself, it is only right to recognize our total dependence on God. (Jn.15:5; Jam.4;13-16). God's permission is something we must consider in the ministry of the Gospel. Nothing can be done, or come to pass, good or bad, EXCEPT what God permits or wills to be done!
James 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. (KJV)
Hebrews 6:4-9 is thought by some to be a most difficult passage to interpret. I will not link them together as some do, but continue verse by verse. See our article: http://hisservants.org/hard_heb.6.4-9_h_s.htm
Hebrews 6:4 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, (KJV)
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 . . . Those . . . once enlightened . . . A TRUE Christian is someone who is once for all illuminated by the Word of God (Eph. 5:26). Heb.6:2 “doctrine of baptism” speaks of the purification or cleansing (washing). This Passage most likely originated the application of the term "illumination" (enlightened) to baptism in later times. Illumination is NOT supposed to be separated from baptism. Heretics have baptism, but they are NOT illuminated (enlightened). They are baptized in body, but their soul is NOT enlightened. Simon the sorcerer was ‘water baptized’, but NOT illuminated, (baptized by the Holy Spirit). Millions fall into this category today. To be "enlightened" in this verse means knowledge of the Word of Truth, and means the same as "illuminated," in Heb.10:32. Compare the following Passages. Enlightened: (Eph.1:18; Heb. 6:4). Illuminated: (Heb. 10:32). Knowledge of the Truth: (1 Tim.2:4; 2 Tim.3:7; Heb.10:26).
And have tasted of the heavenly gift . . . faith, justifying righteousness, grace, the pardon of sin, eternal life . . . these all are spiritual and heavenly gifts of God! Grace of God is that which all TRUE believers have actual tastes of! Personally, I think that "The heavenly gift" is Christ Jesus, given by the Father and revealed by the illuminative Word preached and written. When we accept the Gift of Jesus, we taste all the other heavenly gifts!
And were made partakers of the Holy Ghost . . . a TRUE believer is absolutely a partaker of the Holy Ghost! We are united to Him because He abides in us for ever (Jn.14:16)! We have the fruits of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23). We enjoy His comforting Presence.
Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, (KJV)
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come . . . tasted the good word of God . . . is different from "tasted of the heavenly gift." We do not yet enjoy ALL the fullness of Christ, we have only a taste of Him, but TRUE believers may indeed taste the whole word of God . . . God's "good word of promise" (1 Ki.8:56). We CAN experience the goodness of God's Word and the powers of the world to come. We are enlightened to the world to come, to Christ, the Bread of Life, enlightened to faith and made partakers of the Holy Ghost, to God’s love, which is the first-fruit of the Spirit.
Hebrews 6:6 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. (KJV)
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 . . . this is NOT to be supposed of TRUE believers, as appears from (Heb.6:9). This is not a statement that any had actually fallen away, or that, they would fall away. This is a statement that on the possibility that IF they had fallen away, it would be impossible to renew them again. It is the same as supposing someone fell into the depths of the Grand Canyon, it would be impossible to save him.
To renew them again . . . this implies that they had been before renewed, or had been believers. Christians. Actually these verses tell me that it is impossible for a saved person to be lost. It is impossible . . . . If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. IF a person were saved, then could be lost, it would be impossible for that person to ever be saved again. If anyone has believed God, and placed their trust in Christ Jesus as their Saviour, they are eternally saved! The main thing is, NOT how much faith they have . . . but to Whom is that faith directed. People turn to this Passage of Scripture more than any other if they deny that we have a sure salvation which cannot be lost and that the believer is safe in Christ. I simply cannot go along with a Christian being able to lose their salvation. I absolutely believe Once Saved, Always Saved!
I believe that we have a SURE salvation because Scripture is very definite on this point, in MANY places! See: Rom.8:1,33-39. NOTHING can separate us from the love of God once we are “in Christ” . . . NOTHING!!! (1 Thes.4:16; 1 Pet.5:14).
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  I and my Father are one. (KJV)
NO one can take us away from God IF we are TRULY saved, TRULY born again!
There are millions who PROFESS to be God’s children, but are NOT! God KNOWS the difference! You CANNOT fool God. You are a fool if you try! You can fool the multitudes around you, but God knows ALL things, even our every thought (Eze.11:5). God will NEVER give an unbeliever or a hypocrite His Spirit, whereas every TRUE child of God has the Holy Spirit within them (John 14:16; Rom.8:9). I think that verse 9 is the key to this Passage.
Seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh . . . to renew them again to repentance is impossible, because they crucify to themselves the Son of God again, and put Him to open shame. This is the final act of apostasy. They do not believe in Him or His atonement any longer. Since faith is the only thing that could renew them again to repentance, it then becomes impossible. How could anyone be renewed again to repentance if they had not experienced repentance to start with?
And put him to an open shame . . . making Him a shameful public example, as the Jews did by the most cruel and humiliating death.
If a person abandons their faith, they turn their back on the grace of God (Gal.5:4), and they are fallen from grace . . . meaning an entire and willful apostasy. IF this happens, it is impossible to bring them back to repentance again, because they again crucify the Son of God and expose Him to public shame.
Hebrews 6:7 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: (KJV)
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it . . . the comparison of "drinking in" the rain is designed to tell the difference between a rich soil which receives the rain, from hard or rocky land where it runs off.
And bringeth forth herbs herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed . . . the herbs are small vegetables which are cultivated in the Earth as food, and includes all kinds of grains.
Receiveth blessing from God . . . receives divine approval. It is in accordance with His wishes and plans, and He blesses it. He does not curse it, as He does desolate and barren soil. The language is symbolic, and must be used to mean that which is an object of the divine favor. God delights in the harvests which the Earth brings forth; in the effects of dew, rain and sun, in causing beauty and abundance.
The plan of the writer by this comparison is apparent. It is to show the consequences of not making a proper use of all the privileges which Christians have, and the effect which would follow should those privileges fail to be improved. He says, it is like the Earth. If that absorbs the rain, and produces an abundant harvest, it receives the divine blessing. If not, it is cursed, or is worthless. The strategy is to show that if Christians should become like the barren earth, they would be cast away and lost. BEWARE!!!
Hebrews 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. (KJV)
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned . . . rejected by the farmer or owner, and abandoned as worthless. The comparison here is, that God would thus deal with those who professed to be renewed if they should be like such a worthless field. There are millions of FALSE “professors” in today’s world! They are deceivers and hypocrites! They are nigh unto cursing. They are abandoned as useless, and whose end is to be burned, meaning in the fires of Hell (Isa.1:31; 33:14; 34:10; 66:24; Dan.7:11; Mal.4:1; Mat.3:12; 13:30,42’ 18:8; 25:41; Mk.9:44; Lk.3:9,17; 16:24; Heb.6:8; Jude 1:7; Rev.14:10; 19:20; 20:10,15; 21:8). Whose end is to be burned with everlasting and unquenchable fire, in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. BEWARE!!!
Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. (KJV)
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you . . . the writer addresses the believing Hebrews, as "beloved"; for they are indeed beloved by the Lord, NOT as the descendants of Abraham, but as the elect of God! They are loved with an everlasting love; and which is known to them, by its being shed abroad in their hearts (Rom.5:5), and by their being called by grace, and by their love to Him, and to His people. The writer hopes for better things for them, trusting they are TRUE Christians; and that they will produce the proper fruits of holiness; which reveal that they are saved.
And things that accompany salvation . . . there are things that are NEVER separated from salvation; things that show the person is saved, and which will end in eternal salvation. The things that accompany salvation, are SO much better than things that any unbeliever or apostate can enjoy! The works of love, done for the glory of Christ, or done for His saints for Christ's sake, are proof of a man's salvation; and sure proofs of saving grace given, than the enlightenings and tastings spoken of in verse 4. NO love is to be counted as love, except working love; and NO works are right works, which do NOT flow from our love to Christ.
Though we thus speak . . . concerning others, as in the preceding verses: the hard things spoken by him of some, were consistent with such encouragements, that there might be some among them to whom the aforesaid characters belonged; and saying such things might be a means to make others watchful and careful. http://hisservants.org/hard_heb.6.4-9_h_s.htm
IF a person is TRULY saved, they may stray, they may backslide, but they WILL come back to God. No one who is TRULY saved can ever lose their salvation (John 1:12-13; 10:27-29).
Actually these verses tell me that it is impossible for a saved person to be lost. It is impossible . . . . If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. IF a person were saved, then could be lost, it would be impossible for that person to ever be saved again. I think that verse 9 is the key to this Passage.
In the next verses, we are encouraged to imitate those TRUE believers who have inherited the tremendous Promises of God.
Hebrews 6:10 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. (KJV)
For God is not unrighteous . . . God is just and true, He is righteous in ALL His ways and in ALL His works! There is absolutely NO unrighteousness and NO unfaithfulness in Him! This the writer forcefully stresses to make a reason for his strong encouragement and persuasion of better things concerning the believing Hebrews. Because he was satisfied of the good work by them, and was absolutely assured that God was NOT unrighteous nor unfaithful,
To forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name . . . our work and labor of love will NOT save us! BUT . . . IF you are saved, your work and labor of love shall be applied to your rewards! Works CANNOT save you BUT after you are saved, works count towards the rewards we receive! (1 Cor.3:11-15). Judged According to works: (Ps.62:12; Pro.24:12,29; Isa.59:18; Jer.21:14; 25:14; 32:19; Lam.3:64; Eze.7:8-9; 18:30; Hos.12:2; Zec.1:6; Mat.16:27; Rom.2:6; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.2:23; 18:6; 20:12-13; 22:12).
In that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister . . . they had supplied the needs of the saints. This may refer either to the fact that they contributed to supply the needs of the poor members of the church, (Gal.2:10), or it may refer to some special acts of kindness which they had shown to suffering and persecuted Christians. It is not possible to know to what particular acts the writer refers to. We must consider: #1. to show kindness to Christians, because they are Christians, and it is an important evidence of piety. #2. It will in no wise go unrewarded. (Mat.25:20).
Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: (KJV)
And we desire that everyone of you do show the same diligence . . . the writer wants the Hebrews to be persistent in the continual exercise of the graces of faith and love, and in ministering to the needs of the saints.
To the full assurance of hope unto the end . . . not only that they might keep up their hope, but achieve full assurance of it (Tit.1:2; 3:7); and keep a keen interest in the love and grace of God; in the covenant of grace, its blessings and its promises. Unto the end may mean to the end of their lives here on Earth.
Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (KJV)
That ye be not slothful . . . with respect to laziness in hearing the Gospel, and attending to every ordinance; so they could increase in knowledge, faith and hope; and so they could minister to the saints. They should take every opportunity of improvement and doing good. That goes for us today as well!
But followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises . . . things promised is NOT the land of Canaan, nor the Coming of the Messiah. I think it means grace and salvation by Christ; it means eternal Life, which is expressed by a Promise, to show that it is not by any works, or merits of men; that it is wholly of grace (Eph.2:8-9), and shall certainly be enjoyed.
I think it is expressed in the plural "promises", because it is the grand promise, which includes all others; and because it has been given out at various times, and in different ways. The possession of this grand Promise is by "inheriting" it, shows that this is their Father's gift and legacy, which they have as children of Abraham (Gen.12:3,7; 13:14-17; 15:14; Ex.2:24; 32:13; Ps.105:8-11,42; Mic.7:20). This comes to them through the death of Christ, and of which the Holy Spirit is the seal. It does NOT come by works of righteousness done by them. The means through which saints that are gone on before are come to the enjoyment of this happiness, and did accomplish it by "faith and patience". The writer encourages these Hebrews to be followers and imitators of the ones gone on before, to have faith, be diligent and have patience. There is no doubt they, and we, need encouragement so we can inherit the same promised blessedness that they did.
Hebrews 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he aware by himself, (KJV)
For when God made promise to Abraham . . . the writer suggests Abraham as a pattern, because he was the father of these Hebrews, and of ALL believers (Gal.3:26-29); and because they were interested in the Promise made to him. They had a right to the same blessing along with Abraham, and because he was so remarkable for his faith (Gen.15:6) and his patience (Gen.12:1-3; 15:1,4,5,13,14). This Promise was made by the pre-incarnate Christ, there called the Angel of the Lord, and here God, and who is truly and properly so. There is NONE greater anywhere; and who elsewhere, as here, is said to swear by himself (Isa.45:23), as follows:
Because he could swear by no greater, he aware by himself . . . swearing is ascribed to a divine Person after the manner of men, and who never swears except in matters of great importance.
Hebrews 6:14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. (KJV)
Saying, surely blessing I will bless thee . . . which expresses the certainty of the blessings; the reality and significance of them; the abundance of them, and the continuance of them. To be chosen of God; to have God to be a covenant God and Father; to be justified, pardoned, adopted and sanctified, and so have a right and title to eternal happiness . . . what a blessing.
And multiplying I will multiply thee . . . meaning both Abraham’s natural and spiritual seed, which has been so.
Hebrews 6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (KJV)
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise . . . Abraham waited a long time for a son, from whom the Messiah was to come. After he had had the Promise of one; and he endured many afflictions with patience in his journeys from place to place, throughout his life to the end, he was greatly blessed in temporal things; he lived to see the son of the promise, and his sons; he saw the day of Christ by faith, and then inherited the heavenly glory, which is the thing chiefly intended.
Hebrews 6:16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. (KJV)
For men verily swear by the greater; and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife . . . these words contain a reason why God swore by Himself, and why His Promises, having an oath joined to them, should be believed. Men when they swear, they swear by something greater; NOT by themselves, as God does, because there is One greater than they; NOT by any of the creatures on Earth, nor by the angels in Heaven, but by God, because He is the God of Truth. When men confirm a statement with an oath, it is an end of the dispute.
Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: (KJV)
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath . . . when God does a thing like this, or says something, He does not need to take an oath, but . . . when He does confirm something with an oath, rest assured, it is extremely important.
Hebrews 6:18 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: (KJV)
That by two immutable things . . . what are the two immutable (unchangeable) things? The Lord promised Ab ram descendants as innumerable as the stars of heaven (Gen.15:4-5), then later He confirmed His Promise with an oath (Gen.22:16-18). These two immutable things gave Abraham encouragement and assurance. What are the two immutable things for us today? Not only do we have the Promise made to Abraham for our encouragement, but we have a far richer revelation of God's love . . . the gift of His Son. The two immutable things for us today are: #1. The death and resurrection of Christ and #2. His ascension and intercession for us as High Priest!
In which it was impossible for God to lie . . . God cannot lie (Tit.1:2), God CANNOT fail or will NOT deceive anyone. He stands firm in this, because God will NEVER change! God's Words and God’s oath, which NEVER change, NEVER alter, and from which He NEVER varies.
We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us . . . this Passage gives the Hebrews of that day, and for us today as well, great comfort, to all those who have fled (and flee) to the Refuge to grasp the hope (eternal life, Tit.1:2) that is set before us!
This would have reminded the Hebrews of the cities of refuge which God provided for the children of Israel (Num.35; Deut.19; Josh.20 & 21). Those cities of refuge served as types of Christ sheltering the sinner from death. It was an excellent provision for a man who accidentally killed someone. The fugitive could escape to a city of refuge where he would be protected and have his case tried. What a picture this is for us today! This reveals that Christ is our refuge.
I have already been to court, and I was found guilty. I was a sinner. My penalty was death . . . and it has already been paid. JESUS paid that penalty for me, that I could never pay. He loved me SO much that He died in my place, I am free. I have been delivered from the penalty of sin. I will NEVER have to answer for it again. I am now FREE to go out and love Him and serve Him. I now have a High Priest, a resurrected Saviour, to whom I can go. What a wonderful picture of my Saviour this gives!
So many more things could have been recorded, but God chose to record only the things that enable us to grow in our understanding of Him and our relationship to Him. (Jn.20:31).
Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entered into that within the veil; (KJV)
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entered into that within the veil . . . when Jesus ascended back into Heaven, He took over the office of High Priest. Entered into that within the veil . . . Christ Jesus as High Priest entered into the Temple in Heaven, after which the earthly tabernacle was patterned (Heb.8:5; 9:23-24). He passed through the veil into the Holy of Holies, into the Presence of God, and presented His precious Blood there. He then "sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." Jesus, our High priest is now at the right hand of God: (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2;33; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22).
The TRUE Christian's hope, is both sure and steadfast, being a Promise from Almighty God! This hope is firm and stable, and it is permanent and can NEVER be lost! And dear one, it is still more sure and steadfast, by virtue of what it is secured upon, the Person, the Blood, and the righteousness of Christ; and by the never changing faithfulness and power of God.
Dear one, this hope can be yours if you still have not believed God (1 Jn.5:10-13), and accepted Jesus, God’s only begotten Son (Jn.3:16). Simply open your heart’s door to His knock (Rev.3:20). Eternal life is a FREE gift from God (Eph.2:8-9; Rom.6:23). God’s grace is greater than your greatest sin! God can and will forgive you IF you repent!
Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Hemoclastic. (KJV)
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Hemoclastic. . . . there is one huge difference between Aaron and the Lord Jesus Christ. Aaron never did sit down at the right hand of God, while Jesus did (Heb.1:3; 10:12). And he never sat down in the tabernacle because there were no seats in the tabernacle. But, there was the mercy seat (Ex.25:17-22), which symbolized God's throne. Aaron only hurried in and hurried out, and only once a year (Heb.9:3-7). But my friends, we today have a superior High Priest. He has gone in beyond that restricting veil. He has sat down, and best of all, He has finished our redemption, our salvation!
Jesus Christ is the "forerunner," . . . forerunner is found nowhere else in the Bible. A forerunner is one who goes before others to prepare the way, like John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. The meaning here is, that Jesus went first into the heavenly sanctuary. He led the way. He has gone there on our account, to prepare a place for us (Jn.14:3; 1 Pet.1:3-4). Having such a Friend (Jn.15:14-15) and Advocate (1 Jn.2:1) in Heaven, we should stand ever so firm in the hope of eternal life (Tit.1:2), and even in the amidst of the most distressing storms and tempests around us, we should remain calm because He will never leave us, never forsake us (Heb.13:5). WHY? Because JESUS is Made an High Priest for ever (Heb.5:6,10). This is repeated here, to lead on to what the writer has to say concerning Metalized in the following chapter.
The Anchorage of the Soul
"Be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." (Heb.6:12).
The Promises of God! That is a key phrase here. Inherit the promises (verse 12); God made promise (verse 13); he obtained the promise (verse 15); the heirs of promise (verse 17). It seems that the repetition of this phrase does NOT waken the interest or stir the heart of those who read it.
Today we are so familiar with it, that I do not think the vast majority of Christians consider the divine Promises especially precious. People must have a dark night of sorrow, before they can ever appreciate that the stars of promise still sparkle as gems in the sky of Scripture. Only those who are SPIRITUALLY rich and increased in the grace of God, can realize what the Promises of God really mean.
So many think that if they have a good income, it guarantees their every need. It matters not that God has promised to provide all needful things (Phil.4:19), for those who seek His Kingdom first (Mat.6:33). These people think that if they are surrounded by troops of faithful friends, their lines of defense are entrenched in the strong fortress of position and rank, there is nothing to worry about. They have little or no interest in the assurance that God will be the shield and buckler (Ps.91:4). BUT when riches dwindle, friends fail, health declines, and difficulty, persecution and trial threaten, then the soul remembers the Promises of God, and hurriedly looks them up and studies them, and they wake up to find those marvelous stores of treasure under pages which were before blank to them.
It would be best for so many if God would strip them of all those things in which they place such confidence. Only then might hey be compelled, perhaps for the first time in their lives, to seek Him. It was in exactly such a condition that the Hebrews here addressed were found. Their goods had been spoiled; they had endured a great fight of affliction; they had been made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; everything on which they were accustomed to rely on, had been removed from them. Now, the Holy Ghost, directs their minds to the exceeding great and precious promises (2 Pet.1:4), in which God pledged Himself to supply all their need.
We who by faith are the spiritual seed of Abraham (Gal.3:26-29) are blessed with him. Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)
All the promises of God are Yea and Amen (2 Cor.1:20). God is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent (Num.23:19). God knows well His resources before He pledged Himself; and once He has done so, it is impossible that He would fail. My dear friend, let us all grab His divine Promises; cling to them as a shipwrecked sailor to the floating pole; risk everything on them, because their fulfillment is guaranteed by covenant and oath, and by the Blood, agony and death of the One and only Saviour of mankind, JESUS!
God’s TRUE children are heirs of promise (Heb.6:17)! God's power is eternal, His counsel is immutable. Heaven and earth may pass away, but His Word shall never pass away (Lk.21:33). Because of this, we have a strong consolation (Heb.6:18). Even if we were to lose all else, our heritage in the Word and Oath of Almighty God shall be unimpaired. God's Promises assure us and make a strong and secure anchor for our soul. Thank You Jesus!
1 The. 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (KJV)
2 The. 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work. (KJV)
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord drawees nigh. (KJV)
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