6 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites,[b] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen[c] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
The Certainty of God’s Promise
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Pastor Jason bringing the word to the table this morning. Are you submitted to God? The Pharisees were doing things the wrong way. They did not have a genuine relationship with Christ they had a relationship with the law of Moses. We have to see God‘s infallible purpose in Christ. It’s important to study the Bible in context. This book is written to the Jewish priests who had given their life to Christ. They only knew the old sacrificial system. The priests had been taught to carry out those old commands/ rituals Now they’re stuck between the old and the new. These priests had to believe in the new truths about Jesus being the only way to Christ. They had to move beyond the old mosaic law and GROW in Christ.As Christians we should always be growing. We don’t come to Christ and say OK we’re good, we need to continue that relationship. A true believer recognizes their need for God on a daily basis. We recognize the security that we have in God. We allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and recognize God‘s goodness all around us each day, even in the bad things. even on the hard days. And we recognize the truth of God’s word. It is never changing. God does not lie.
The writer was telling these priests you don’t have to go back to the old sacrificial system when Jesus already paid the price. It’s impossible for those sacrifices to renew your repentance because Jesus has done it on the cross. By going back to the old way, the Mosaic law, you’re telling the people that Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t enough. In retrospect you’re crucifying him over and over again. Jesus paid the past, present and future sin in our lives.
Our faith is an enduring faith that’s not perfect but it will last forever. It’s not the perfection in our life, but the direction of our life as we grow in Christ. Never forget the two unchangeable things: Gods word and Gods oath. Doubt is the weapon of the enemy. Build on the foundation of that relationship you started with Jesus. That faith will continue forever as you feed, grow and strengthen it.
Don’t let the fire go out!
Don’t be lazy!
Commit and submit.
The more secure we are in our relationship with God the more secure we will be as a person and that affects all the relationships in our life.
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