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1 Hebrews week 8 Chapter 5:12-6:6 -The Point: The Hebrew people are getting scolded and then taught, in order to grow them up out of their complacency. -The Memory Verse (due today): Hebrews 5: The Assignment (due next week): Pretending that someone was to tell you that you could lose your salvation, use this passage to defend the truth about eternal security from God s Word. Verse 12 Picking up from last week s study, the writer is interrupting himself to scold the Hebrew people on where they are in their spiritual growth. -Here s the situation -Enough time has passed, that the people of Israel should be teaching God s truth to the world. -Because they missed the truth or ignored it for so long they now need to be taught from the very beginning. -Instead of growing into adults spiritually, pictured by eating solid food, they need someone to feed them milk. Verse 13 There are some very crucial words in this verse! -Everyone = this is not most people but a bold statement that applies to all. -Only = helps us see that the diet of these people is only milk, nothing else. -Babe = this is the word for infant not a cute girl. Interesting note: When it comes to our own spiritual maturity this is a good gauge to help us know where we are. -If we are only or mainly relying on others (including our pastors, parents, etc ) to feed us from God s Word then we are still baby Christians. -It s when we begin to feed ourselves that we begin to reach a point of maturity. Verse 14 The verse continues the thought about maturity in Christ. -Solid food (harder concepts in God s Word) call for study on your own. Use = 1838, hexis = habit, practice Senses = 145, aistheterion = an organ of perception, figuratively judgment Exercised = 1128, gumnazo = to train Discern 1253, diakrisis = judicial estimation, disputation Side note: It s really good to sit under a good teaching pastor, or Sunday school teacher but the real growth process begins when you begin to take what you are hearing and check it out for yourself and begin to study on your own. Chapter 6 Verses 1-3 The lecture of how the Hebrews have not grown as they should is over. The writer chooses to move on from the elementary principles of Christ and onto heavier issues. Even in the time period that this was written, there were hot button issues that seemed to bring about controversy. The writer identifies some of them here as he isn t about to squabble over any of them in this letter. The foundation of repentance from dead works Faith toward God Doctrine of baptisms Laying on of hands

2 The resurrection of the dead Eternal judgment It is probably enough to just mention these and move on, as the writer does. These are set aside by verse three, where he seems to say, if God allows time, we ll hit them later. Verses 4-6 One of the most important issues concerning salvation is, can a person lose it or not??? -The writer feels this is very basic and foundational to correct growth in Christ, so he teaches very strongly about it here. Teachers note: This section of scripture is used by many to defend a loss of salvation, which, as we look into it, is a total lack of acknowledgement of the context. We need to be sure our students can defend biblical contextual truth and so this is a very important section of scripture to understand correctly. What some people believe about losing salvation: -If you lose it you can obtain it again (By coming back to God). -It s hard to know what sin or how many sins it takes to lose your salvation. -It s hard to find someone who believes they have ever lost their salvation themselves, but not very difficult to find someone who believes that others have or could. Teachers note: It seems that the teaching of losing your salvation is used as a control mechanism or a reasoning tool for rebellion. These are both dangerous tools and can hopefully be explained away as we study these verses. Verses 4 and 5 describe in many different word pictures a real relationship with Jesus Christ by faith. -Enlightened Eph. 1:18 -Tasted of the heavenly gift Eph. 2:9 -Partakers of the Holy Spirit Eph. 1:13 & 4:30 II Cor. 1:22 -Tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come Rev. 5:12-13 Verse 6 says if they fall away -Right away people see that it is possible to lose someone s salvation because it seems possible to fall away. -We must read the entire verse! If someone were to fall away, they would never be able to be saved from their sins again. -This flies in direct contrast to what many people believe about losing one s salvation. -The rest of the verse describes why it s impossible for someone to be saved again if they fall away -They would be crucifying for themselves the Son of God, putting Him to open shame. -As if Jesus would be coming back to die again for their sins. (Incidentally, that He already paid for.) This closing phrase helps us to see that these few verses are hyperbole Hyperbole is a bold statement of truth that uses exaggeration to make a point. This hyperbole helps us to see why it is impossible for someone to lose salvation. -Jesus isn t coming back to die again for sins -His death was sufficient to forgive all the sin of the entire world! -For anyone to suggest that a person could lose God s salvation, is to question the sufficiency of Jesus sacrifice on the cross. -Salvation was not received based upon our merit (Eph. 2:8-9) and it cannot be lost on our merit. God s faithfulness is the foundation for the doctrine of eternal security. -II Tim. 2:11-13 These verses describe three truths concerning the Christian life.

3 1) Verse 11 Describe in a picturesque way the salvation of a soul. 2) Verse 12 Deals with our rewards based on if we live with Christ as Lord Teacher s note: Most of the verses that people use to teach eternal insecurity are verses that are dealing with rewards of the Christians life. Not all but a great plenty of them. 3) Verse 13 Settles the issue of security by placing all the responsibility on God s character. a. Even if we are found faithless, after true conversion, God is still faithful! That is one of the most profound statements concerning eternal security in the entire Bible! Hebrews 6:4-6 leaves us with a concrete truth. 1) A person who has genuinely placed their faith in Christ, cannot possibly lose that free gift from God, though they can abuse it. -Romans 6:1-2 Conclusions: - The writer takes the Hebrew people back to the most basic of truths concerning salvation because they needed to go back to basics. -Due to false teaching many people then, and now, are deceived into thinking that somehow we hold the controls on salvation and that if we don t live just right we can lose the free gift of God, sufficiently accomplished on the cross. Challenge: 1) Never be deceived or manipulated to accept that a person can lose the salvation God gives as a free gift, received through faith.

4 Verse 13 There are some very crucial words in this verse! - = this is not most people but a bold statement that applies to all. - = helps us see that the diet of these people is only milk, nothing else. - = this is the word for infant not a cute girl. Hebrews week 8 Chapter 5:12-6:6 -The Point: The Hebrew people are getting scolded and then taught, in order to grow them up out of their complacency. -The Memory Verse (due today): Hebrews 5: The Assignment (due next week): Pretending that someone was to tell you that you could lose your salvation, use this passage to defend the truth about eternal security from God s Word. Verse 12 Picking up from last week s study, the writer is himself to the Hebrew people on where they are in their spiritual growth. -Here s the situation -Enough time has passed, that the people of Israel should be teaching God s truth to the world. -Because they missed the truth or ignored it for so long they now need to be taught from the very beginning. -Instead of growing into adults spiritually, pictured by eating solid food, they need someone to feed them milk. Interesting note: When it comes to our own spiritual maturity this is a good gauge to help us know where we are. -If we are only or mainly relying on others (including our pastors, parents, etc ) to feed us from God s Word then we are still baby Christians. -It s when we begin to feed ourselves that we begin to reach a point of maturity. Verse 14 The verse continues the thought about maturity in Christ. -Solid food (harder concepts in God s Word) call for study on your own. Use = 1838, = Senses = 145, = Exercised = 1128, = Discern 1253, = Chapter 6 Verses 1-3 The lecture of how the Hebrews have not grown as they should is over. The writer chooses to move on from the elementary principles of Christ and onto heavier issues. The foundation of repentance from dead works Faith toward God

5 Doctrine of baptisms Laying on of hands The resurrection of the dead Eternal judgment These are set aside by verse three, where he seems to say, if God allows time, we ll hit them later. Verses 4-6 One of the most important issues concerning salvation is, can a person it or not??? -The writer feels this is very basic and foundational to correct growth in Christ, so he teaches very strongly about it here. What some people believe about losing salvation: -If you lose it you can obtain it again (By coming back to God). -It s hard to know what sin or how many sins it takes to lose your salvation. -It s hard to find someone who believes they have ever lost their salvation themselves, but not very difficult to find someone who believes that others have or could. Verses 4 and 5 describe in many different word pictures a real with Jesus Christ by faith. -Enlightened Eph. 1:18 - of the heavenly gift Eph. 2:9 - of the Holy Spirit Eph. 1:13 & 4:30 II Cor. 1:22 -Tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come Rev. 5:12-13 Verse 6 says if they away -Right away people see that it is possible to lose someone s salvation because it seems possible to fall away. -We must read the entire verse! If someone were to fall away, they would never be able to be saved from their sins again. -This flies in direct to what many people believe about losing one s salvation. -The rest of the verse describes why it s impossible for someone to be saved again if they fall away -They would be for themselves the Son of God, putting Him to open shame. -As if Jesus would be coming back to die again for their sins. This closing phrase helps us to see that these few verses are Hyperbole is a bold statement of truth that uses exaggeration to make a point. This hyperbole helps us to see why it is impossible for someone to lose salvation. -Jesus isn t coming to die again for sins -His death was sufficient to forgive all the sin of the entire world! -For anyone to suggest that a person could lose God s salvation, is to question the of Jesus sacrifice on the cross. -Salvation was not received based upon our merit (Eph. 2:8-9) and it cannot be lost on our merit. God s faithfulness is the foundation for the doctrine of eternal security. -II Tim. 2:11-13 These verses describe three truths concerning the Christian life. 4) Verse 11 Describe in a picturesque way the salvation of a soul. 5) Verse 12 Deals with our rewards based on if we live with Christ as Lord 6) Verse 13 Settles the issue of security by placing all the responsibility on God s character. a. Even if we are found, after true conversion, God is still faithful! That is one of the most

6 profound statements concerning eternal security in the entire Bible! Hebrews 6:4-6 leaves us with a concrete truth. 2) A person who has genuinely placed their faith in Christ, cannot possibly lose that free gift from God, though they can it. -Romans 6:1-2 Conclusions: - The writer takes the Hebrew people back to the most basic of truths concerning salvation because they needed to go back to basics. -Due to false teaching many people then, and now, are deceived into thinking that somehow we hold the controls on salvation and that if we don t live just right we can lose the free gift of God, sufficiently accomplished on the cross. Challenge: 2) Never be deceived or manipulated to accept that a person can lose the salvation God gives as a free gift, received through faith.

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