Jesus is Greater
Strong Exhortation / Certain Promise – Hebrews 6
READ Hebrews 6:1-3
- Review: What are the “elementary teachings about Christ”? (see again 5:12)
*Note the 6 fundamental parts of the “foundation” (v.1-2)
- Why is basic confirmation instruction necessary for youth and adults as they become communicant members of our church? (see Romans 10:13-14)
- What does it mean to “go on to maturity”?
What does this say to all those who have been confirmed and are communicant members of our church?
- What are some things “mature” Christians are able to do that “baby” Christians cannot?
READ Hebrews 6:4-8
This text is one of the most difficult passages in the Book of Hebrews, and perhaps in the whole Bible. Among other things it involves the eternal security of the saints, and this is no small matter. Thus, we must approach this text carefully and prayerfully.
- First, consider the question: Why does God inspire these “hard texts”?
- So we depend on ____________________ (see 1 Corinthians 2:14)
- They bring us to our ______________ (see Psalm 119:18; Ephesians 6:18
- Force us to __________________ (see 2 Timothy 2:7)
- Keep us from becoming ___________________ (see Proverbs 11:2; 2 Peter 2:10)
- Opportunity to ___________________ others (2 Timothy 2:2)
- Who are those being exhorted here? (Hebrews 6:4-8)
Are they believers or unbelievers?
- What is in danger of being lost or gained?
Is it a real danger or hypothetical?
- What is the problem and what is the solution?
- What is the purpose of this text in the context of Hebrews?
- Does this inspire confidence and hope or create doubts and fears in the reader?
- What encouragement is given in 6:10?
How are we to “make our hope sure”? (v.11-12)
READ Hebrews 6:13-20
- Why does God’s oath come so late in Abraham’s life (Genesis 22)
- How did Abraham trust God and believe His promises? (look ahead at Heb. 11:11-12 and 17-19)
- Why does God need to swear at all, when He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19), and we are commanded not to (Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12)?
- What are the two unchangeable things in which God cannot lie? (v.18)
- What is our hope, and why is it an anchor for our soul? (v.19-20)
(See also Colossians 2:6-15)
Next study: “in the order of Melchizedek” – ch. 7