May 11, 2022 – Wednesday
Hebrews 6:1-3 NIV
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 And God permitting, we will do so.
One of the most interesting things about the book of Hebrews is that we do not know who the author is. Many believe Paul, but just as many believe otherwise. From chapter two we discover the author had a relationship with the apostles. The book reveals the author expected his readers had a good knowledge of the Old Testament and especially its first five books.
Now let’s look at the first three verses of chapter six, our verses for today. In the first part of verse one, there is the exhortation to move forward and mature in our learning the teachings about Jesus, Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.
How are we to go beyond the basics and become mature in our faith in Him? First we should not have to relearn and be retaught again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. We know these things or we ought to know these things. And knowing them we can and should move forward or as verse three says, God permitting, we will do so.
What will we do when we move forward and what should we not do? Verse eight tells us what happens if we pursue what we should not do, But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. Is your faith real, was your repentance real? If so, then verses 10-11 tell us what we are to do and what to expect, God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. And then concludes with a warning and promise combined in verse twelve, We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. The chapter concludes with, Jesus has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Bottom Line: Jesus is our salvation and our repentance means we turn from sin towards Jesus and the Father. We listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance every single day and look forward to the promise of eternal life.
Prayer: Almighty God, You have blessed us so much, help us to remain aware of all Your blessing each and every day, especially the gift of grace through Your Son, our Lord and Savior. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton