If you missed part one of this series on Hebrews, check here!
We left off a couple of weeks ago looking at Jesus as a superior person, and the next three chapters we will be looking at this week are on much the same theme.
This chapter starts out with an explanation of who will enter God’s rest. I think what it is saying is that whoever is obedient and does not harden their hearts will enter God’s rest at the end of their life (“also ceased from his works as God did from His”). Verses 12-14 talk about how God’s Word is living and powerful – as our pastor put it, ‘as we study the Bible, it studies us.’ God knows everything about us – more than we know of ourselves.
The end of this chapter talks about how Christ is better than Aaron and his order because we no longer have to go through a priest to talk to God – we can “come boldly to the throne of grace” and talk to Him ourselves.
This chapter of Hebrews talks about how Christ is a great High Priest – especially because He does not have to sacrifice for Himself.
It is an act of God’s grace to show us our sin, and an act of God’s mercy to forgive us of our sin. The Old Testament sacrifices say that God takes our sin very seriously, He accepts substitutes for our sins, and that these sacrifices were a type of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Jesus in His human form would experience temptation and suffering in a way that we cannot comprehend.
The end of this chapter talks about spiritual immaturity, and how even though at this point in our lives we should be teachers, we still need to be taught the main principles of God’s Word. When the author says “dull of hearing” it means “spiritually lazy”.
There were four different theories given to us on what Hebrews 6:4 means – either that a believer can lose their salvation, or that the people being talked about were not genuine believers, or that the author was using a hypothetical illustration to prove eternal security, or lastly that a true believer can lose his rewards but not salvation. All of these theories are valid, but my pastor used the rest of this chapter to talk about supports for eternal security, specifically ‘redemption, propitiation, imputation, and justification’.
Are you liking this series? Should I keep going?