This post was originally prepared by Pastor Brandon Ross on October 27th 2014
(20 verses, 2:38 to read)
What I am about to READ
Hebrews 6 is an exhortation to spiritual maturity and an instruction on how impossible it is to bring about repentance in one who has no faith in Jesus. We can be certain however of the promises of God made to us for the sake of Jesus.
MARK and LEARN
Note the severity of speech of the Hebraic author in vss. 4-6. How difficult it is for those who believe and fallen away to come back into the fold of the church. Experience tells us the same.
Vss. 11-12 exhort us to good works and imitation of other saints, who in faith perform those works which server their neighbor. These works do not save, but give testimony to the faith present in them.
Paul bases his exhortation to faith and good works upon the promises of God in 13-20. Our confidence in the forgiveness of sins does not rest upon our feelings, emotions, works, or thoughts, but upon the promises of God made to us for the sake of Jesus.
The promises of God, the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins for the sake of Jesus are the core and foundation of our faith. From this the Christian is free to do works for his fellow neighbor, but watch out for either one of two evils: That one does no works of repentance at all, or that one trusts in those works for his righteousness. Both are evil. Righteousness only comes from God and is received by faith.