Hebrews Chapter 6

December 12, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Hebrews 6:1-20 (NIV)
1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so. 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case–things that accompany salvation. 10 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. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 6:1-6

To continue to develop in our Christian walk, we have to move beyond (but not forget) the basic teachings. They way that this is accomplished is by living these things out in our day to day walk. As we put into practice the basics in our lives, we realize our need for more of the Lord and the importance of spending time with Him in prayer and in the Word of God.

Hebrews 6:7-8

An analogy from farming is used to make a simple point. When the seed of the gospel, is planted in your heart and given care by God it will produce fruit.

You have been watered by the grace and mercy of God and by the truth of His Word. We should live lives that are fruitful for the Kingdom of God.

Hebrews 6:10-17

We are encouraged to keep pressing in and on in the Lord. We are to run the race marked out for us. We are to be passionate in our pursuit of God. This life on a broken planet in a fallen world may be difficult at times, but we have a hope in Him that allows us to keep moving forward in Him.

Abraham waited 25 years from the time of the promise of a son until it actually took place. Sometimes, it seems like the waiting lasts an eternity, but it doesn’t. God is faithful, and we are to put our hope, trust, and faith in Him.

Hebrews 6:18

The two unchangeable things mentioned in this verse are God’s promise and His oath. God’s promises are Yes and amen.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)
20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Hebrews 16:19-20

A curtain used to separate the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place which was God’s inner sanctuary. This curtain kept people from entering into the Most Holy Place. The high priest himself could only go in once a year to stand in God’s presence and atone for the sins of the people. But Christ is in God’s presence at all times, and we now have access in Him.

Our access is guaranteed by God’s oath, so that “we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf”.

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