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This week we are continuing our series on Sunday nights titled “Jesus Christ as Our High Priest.”

The book of Hebrews isn’t the most popular book in the New Testament.

In many respects it is neglected.

The Jewish, or Old Testament, back ground that permeates every chapter has probably contributed to its neglect by many pastors.

The book of Hebrews portrays an exalted concept of Jesus Christ.

This week we are talking about,

Christ’s Challenge, Perfection.

Text

Hebrews 6:1-3 (ESV)

6 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 

2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 

3 And this we will do if God permits.

Scripture Reading

Hebrews 6:1-20 (ESV)

Introduction 

By nature we are sinful creatures, so we can never be perfect through our own efforts.

Romans 5:12 (ESV)

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Yet through the power of God we are always to move in that direction.

The authors purpose in this chapter was to challenge believers to aim for perfection. 

To achieve this end, he presented the goal, gave reason for the struggle, and then revealed three instruments available to Christians in this adventure.

  1. The goal is given in Hebrews 6:1-8.

Great explorers, whether in the fields of mathematics, science, or travel, have all shared a common element.

They have been driven to explore the unknown by some underlying goal in their lives.

Jesus appeals to this segment of nature as He guides the writer of Hebrews to define a goal for believers. 

  1. The ultimate.

Hebrews 6:1 (ESV)

6 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

God’s ultimate intent is for Christians to be taken forward to maturity.

He wants us to experience his complete character of holiness.

B. The immediate.

Hebrews 6:1-3(ESV)

6 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 

2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 

3 And this we will do if God permits.

For Christians to reach the ultimate, they must start where they are.

One common fault of new Christians, and some old, is that they remain in immature faith.

We are tempted to keep working on our spiritual foundation instead of building on the foundation that God has already given us.

Time and energy are wasted when we neglect to construct the actual building because we are busy remodelling the foundation.

The author said to start building on the foundation immediately rather than constantly going back to “nurse” it.

C. The impossible.

Hebrews 6:4-8 (ESV)

4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 

5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 

6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 

7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 

8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

The writer gave an aside on a prevalent apostasy being witnessed in that day.

He warned of a group who had experienced certain phases of the pre salvation ministry of God with people.

Yet they had not responded in faith to the salvation offered.

Note the change of persons in the pronouns here.

They are in the third person plural in the king James Version “those, they, them, themselves”.

But when the writer spoke of the Christian, he used the first person pronoun.

This change in language clearly indicates that those involved in the apostasy were never members of the true Christian community.

The word impossible in verse four cannot mean anything else.

2. The encouragement is given in Hebrews 6:9-12.

Christians are encouraged to follow Christ even against the discouraging backdrop of apostasy.

For those who are unsure, Apostasy in Christianity is the rejection of Christianity by someone who formerly was a Christian. The term apostasy comes from the Greek word apostasia  meaning defection, departure, revolt or rebellion. It has been described as “a willful falling away from, or rebellion against, Christianity.

  1. The potential present.

Hebrews 6:9 (ESV)

9 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.

Believers are able to accomplish great things for God.

The main reason for this potential is that those who are saved can be victorious.

B. The reward offered.

Hebrews 6:10 (ESV)

10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

The greatest of all incentives is to receive God’s recognition.

He does not let our efforts go unnoticed.

C. The diligence encouraged.

Hebrews 6:11-12 (ESV)

11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 

12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Christians have a witness to their immediate environment.

They should always be regarded as persons of diligence, pursuing worthwhile goals in life.

3. The instruments are given Hebrews 6:13-20.

The Bible should be regarded as an instruction manual from God to humans.

If God wants us to accomplish something, not only will He reveal the goal to us, but He will also give us the means to attain His desired objective.

Three instruments are provided in this chapter to aid believers in reaching perfection.

  1. God’s promises.

Hebrews 6:13-16 (ESV)

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 

14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 

15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 

16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.

God’s promises are awesome.

As they were available to Abraham, so to they available in the present for our benefit.

His promises guide us through the darkest of circumstances. 

B. God’s counsel.

Hebrews 6:17 (ESV)

17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,

God counsels believers daily through the ministry of His Holy Spirit.

C. God’s hope.

Hebrews 6:18-19 (ESV)

18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 

19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

A formidable instrument given to believers is hope, which keeps us anchored to the solid rock, Jesus Christ.

Conclusion.

The life of perfection must be the life “within the veil”.

Our forerunner guiding us to that righteous life is none other than Jesus.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

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