- The author’s “therefore” in v1 refers to his rebuke & exhortation in Heb 5:11-14 to “grow up” and eat solid food as mature people do vs. just milk as infants do. They need to understand the Scriptures for they ought to be teachers vs. elementary students by now.
- “Therefore” the authors exhorts his readers to pursue maturity by moving on from repenting again and again of dead works like ceremonial washings, laying of hands, etc..
- The author then in verses 4-6 either calls out religious unbelievers “who have once been enlightened” by participating in the faith and receiving the basic truths of the gospel but have not placed their faith in Jesus and decided to follow him… OR… he’s making a false premise of true believers (share in the Holy Spirit, etc.) who hypothetically fall away and lose their salvation, which would result in the totally absurd conclusion that Jesus would have to be sacrificed again and again and again—every time somebody in the world falls away. Therefore such an absurdity points to the impossibility of the premise that believers can lose their salvation because Christ died once for sin (Hebrews 9:28 is to come).
- The author then changes illustrations in v.7 from solid food & milk to the quality of soil/land by the kind of crops it produces (analogous to the parable of the 4 soils and the parable of the wheat & weeds) and exhorts his readers to bear useful crops and fruit instead of worthless crops and fruit or risk being burned.
- The author then changes his tone of rebuke to one of optimism for his readers as God will not forget their good crops and love as they helped God’s people. Yet they are to persevere to the end in their love and good deeds ((Hebrews 10:24-25) by imitating those who through faith and patience will inherit what has been promised (Hebrews 11) vs. being lazy.
- The author then points to Abraham who patiently waited for God’s promise to be fulfilled
- The author then highlights God’s ultimate and unchangeable promise that gives hope to us like an anchor to our souls, firm and secure—Jesus is the great high priest (and later we’ll see who died once for all sin past and present. No other sacrifice is needed)
- God’s desire for me is to keep growing and keep bearing fruit. There’s no graduation from being a disciple where abiding, growth and bearing fruit ceases. Therefore, what’s my plan to keep abiding in his word and prayer and is this plan working? What’s my plan to make disciples who make other disciples… and is this plan working?
- My salvation is not dependent upon my good works but my good works are a sign of my salvation so I lean in to the Holy Spirit’s work of grace in my life. He bears the fruit in me and through me.
“Holy Father, thank you for your word that renews our minds and calibrates our hearts with what matters to you. I ask that you would take spiritual inventory on my mind and heart and show me ways I can press on to maturity this fall. Please show me 1-2 steps of obedience with others in your Body or just within my life that will help me to mature and grow up in Christ. May your Spirit spur us at Trinity to replicate your life, gospel and Word to those around us, In Jesus name.
Posted on Mon, October 5, 2015
by Brian Landers