The Word: Hebrews 6:1-20
Let’s leave the beginning discussions of Christ. We don’t need to be laying foundational, discussions of baptism, resurrection of the dead, laying on of hands, and of eternal judgment. Let’s move on to talk that require more maturity.
It’s impossible for those who have tasted the Word of God, shared in the in the Holy Spirit and have enjoyed the heavenly gifts, and then fell away, to be restored to repentance, because they would be crucifying the son of God again. They would be exposing Him to public ridicule.
It is like rain that falls on land and produces food, the land is receiving blessings from God. But if the land grows thistles it is worthless and will soon be cursed.
But even as we speak to you of these things, we are confident of better things for you, dear friends. God is not unjust. He will not forget the work you did for Him in serving others in love.
We want each of you to continue to show the same exuberance, so that you can have the full assurance of your hope until the end. Our goal is that you would not become lazy, but imitators of those who inherited the promise through faith and patient endurance.
God made His promise to Abraham. He swore by Himself, since there is no one greater to swear by, That He would make a great nation of his descendants. Abraham waited patiently until he received the promise.
Since God wanted to show the heirs of the promise that His plan was unchangeable, He guaranteed His promise with an oath, so that we might be encouraged.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul. It is sure and firm, and goes behind the inner curtain, where Jesus entered ahead of us on our behalf, because He became a High Priest forever like Melchizedek.
I understand the writers exasperation at having to constantly remind the listeners that we need to more on to something a little meatier than just the basics. But he goes on to say that those who have enjoyed the fruits of the Spirit and then fall away are crucifying Christ again.
Don’t we always crucify Him by our unbelief? By our untrusting His words and promises?
Where is the God of second chances in this guy’s speech? If He turned His back on everyone who doubted or walked away, how would He ever populate heaven? I see Him as a long suffering, patient God, not willing that anyone should perish.
Of those several million rag-tag, gang of complainers that He led out of Egypt, only the youth and babes lived to see the Promised Land. But does that mean He rejected every person? That every person who littered the desert with their bones was lost forever? I don’t think so!
He must have been giving them 40 years to reflect on their bad choices and repent. Otherwise He could have saved a lot of time by just outright killing them and starting over again.
Oh, wait! That would mean that Moses would have a lot of kids to raise alone in the wilderness.
I am so glad that God IS merciful and forgiving no matter how many times we reject Him. He knows the end of my road before I was even a twinkle in my mother’s eyes, before my great-great-great grandfather first set foot on the shores of America, yea, before He created Adam and Eve. But before He’ll save or slay me He must justify His choice to the untold millions of intelligent beings scattered from one end of His creation to the other. They have to know that I was given billions of chances throughout my lifespan to accept His offer of love and salvation. I either chose to stand with Him though the heavens fall, or would be a rebel through eternity, if He let me live that long.
I’m just glad for the opportunity for movin’ on up!