2. the doctrine of baptisms--paired with "laying on of hands," as the latter followed on Christian baptism, and answers to the rite of confirmation in Episcopal churches. Greek, "baptismoi," plural, including Jewish and Christian baptisms, are to be distinguished from baptisma, singular, restricted to Christian baptism. Juli Camarin July 15, 2011 Hebrews 6. 5. tasted the good word of God--distinct from "tasted OF (genitive) the heavenly gift"; we do not yet enjoy all the fulness of Christ, but only have a taste OF Him, the heavenly gift now; but believers may taste the whole word (accusative case) of God already, namely, God's "good word of promise." The writer to the Hebrews means that if they do retreat back to Judaism, all the religious "repentance" in the world will do them no good. Not that they have actually entered on the perfect inheritance, which Hebrews 11:13 Hebrews 11:39 Hebrews 11:40 explicitly denies; though doubtless the dead in Christ have, in the disembodied soul, a foretaste of it; but "them (enumerated in Hebrews 11:2-40 ) who in every age have been, are, or shall be, inheritors of the promises"; of whom Abraham is an illustrious example ( Hebrews 6:13 ). Such a one was never truly a Spirit-led disciple of Christ ( Romans 8:14-17 ). Salem Media Group. Jesus the Great High Priest. The danger of turning back, an encouragement to persevere, and the steadfastness of God's promise make up the rest of chapter 6. The six particulars here specified had been, as it were, the Christian Catechism of the Old Testament; and such Jews who had begun to recognize Jesus as the Christ immediately on the new light being shed on these fundamental particulars, were accounted as having the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ [BENGEL]. ESTIUS explains, As the anchor does not stay in the waters, but enters the ground hidden beneath the waters, and fastens itself in it, so hope, our anchor of the soul, is not satisfied with merely coming to the vestibule, that is..is not content with merely earthly and visible goods, but penetrates even to those which are within the veil, namely. We need the anchor to allow the ship to maintain the progress it has made. And the things that accompany salvation, are better things than ever any dissembler or apostate enjoyed. By faith, Christians make the world to come a present reality, though but a foretaste of the perfect future. more abundantly--than had He not sworn. Hebrews chapter 6. Do you believe because you can see? Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Reprobate . counsel--Greek, "willing . "The Son of God," marking His dignity, shows the greatness of their offense. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Jerusalem, which had so resisted the grace of Christ, was then nigh unto cursing, and in a few years was burned. put him to an open shame--literally, "make a public example of" Him, as if He were a malefactor suspended on a tree. The "for" in Hebrews 6:4 refers to this:I say, if God permit, for there are cases where God does not permit, for example, "it is impossible," &c. Without God's blessing, the cultivation of the ground does not succeed ( Hebrews 6:7 ). as to make those that are earthly to become heavenly." The "for us" implies that it was not for Himself. 20. This difficult passage is best understood in the context of Hebrews 6:1-2. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. briers--Greek, "thistles." According to this collection of books, when God saw that his old covenant with the people was no good, he sent his one and only Son to Earth...where he was promptly put to death. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. The opposite of "rejected," Hebrews 6:8 . Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. They needed, besides love, patient perseverance, resting on hope and faith ( Hebrews 10:36 , 13:7 ). repentance from dead works--namely, not springing from the vital principle of faith and love toward God, and so counted, like their doer, dead before God. ye have showed--(Compare Hebrews 10:32-34 ). Ramoth, that is, high, for Him hath God exalted with His right hand ( Acts 5:31 ). instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal … The distressed condition of the Palestinian Christians appears from the collection for them. tasted of the heavenly gift--tasted for themselves. It was all part of God's plan, though: turns out that Jesus' death actually saved the world. Hebrews 6:6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. We are anchored upward in heaven, not down in the ground; and we are anchored to move on, not to stand still. As "love" occurs here, so "hope," Hebrews 6:11 , "faith," Hebrews 6:12 ; as in 1 Corinthians 13:13 : the Pauline triad. meet--fit. Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, Therefore salvation must be maintained. The Old Testament promise of Canaan to Israel typified "the good word of God's" promise of the heavenly rest ( Hebrews 4:1-16 ). Here an entire and wilful apostasy is meant; the Hebrews had not yet so fallen away; but he warns them that such would be the final result of retrogression, if, instead of "going on to perfection," they should need to learn again the first principles of Christianity ( Hebrews 6:1 ). This passage says that there is a spiritual condition that makes repentance and salvation impossible. which entereth into that--that is the place within the veil--two images beautifully combined: (1) The soul is the ship: the world the sea: the bliss beyond the world, the distant coast; the hope resting on faith, the anchor which prevents the vessel being tossed to and fro; the encouraging consolation through the promise and oath of God, the cable connecting the ship and anchor. God will be no man's debtor. This accounts for the omission of distinct specification of some essential first principle of Christian truth. "He cares alike for great and small, and overlooks none." as God, He needed to enter there, but as our High Priest, representing and introducing us, His followers, opening the way to us, by His intercession with the Father. 6. Proud member Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. "The heavenly gift"; Christ given by the Father and revealed by the enlightening word preached and written: as conferring peace in the remission of sins; and as the Bestower of the gift of the Holy Spirit ( Acts 8:19 Acts 8:20 ), made partakers of the Holy Ghost--specified as distinct from, though so inseparably connected with, "enlightened," and "tasted of the heavenly gift," Christ, as answering to "laying on of hands" after baptism, which was then generally accompanied with the impartation of the Holy Ghost in miraculous gifts. Book Summary. Hebron, that is, fellowship, believers are called into the fellowship of Christ. labour of love--The oldest manuscripts omit "labor of," which probably crept in from 1 Thessalonians 1:3 . Paul, in teaching, here classifies himself with the Hebrew readers, or (as they ought to be) learners, and says, Let us together press forward. Hebrews 6 (King James Version) 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of … "The world to come," is the Christian dispensation, viewed especially in its future glories, though already begun in grace here. WARNING AGAINST RETROGRADING, WHICH SOON LEADS TO APOSTASY; ENCOURAGEMENT TO STEADFASTNESS FROM GOD'S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS WORD AND OATH. Not such an anchor as will not keep the vessel from tossing, or an anchor unsound or too light [THEOPHYLACT]. Therefore--Wherefore: seeing that ye ought not now to be still "babes" ( Hebrews 5:11-14 ). and placing our faith in … They say that Hebrews 6 describes a believer who loses his salvation. iii. This passage implies that persons may be in some sense "renewed," and yet fall away finally; for the words, "renew again," imply that they have been, in some sense, not the full sense, ONCE RENEWED by the Holy Ghost; but certainly not that they are "the elect," for these can never fall away, being chosen unto everlasting life ( John 10:28 ). Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. As "enlightened" refers to the sense of sight: so here taste follows. . iii. willing . receiveth--"partaketh of." Shechem, that is, shoulder, the government is upon his shoulder ( Isaiah 9:6 ). Thus the triad of privileges answers to the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Spirit, in their respective works toward us. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Hebrews 6, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. leaving--getting further forward than the elementary "principles." We ought to keep festal day, since Christ has taken up and set in the heavens the first-fruit of our lump, that is, the human flesh [CHRYSOSTOM]. The first and most obvious elementary instruction of Jews would be the teaching them the typical significance of their own ceremonial law in its Christian fulfilment [ALFORD]. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds # 6:1 Greek from dead works. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. set before us--as a prize for which we strive; a new image, namely, the race course ( Hebrews 12:1 Hebrews 12:2 ). When the anchor is of use it is gone: there it went overboard with a splash; far down there, all among the fish, lies the iron holdfast, quite out of sight. . But Jesus has entered into the immediate presence of God the Father so that His people can follow Him there. iv. unto the end--the coming of Christ. We may safely say that from a human perspective, they had all appearance of salvation. Therefore, eternal standing of those written of in Hebrews 6:4-6 is a question with two answers. "This," that is, "Go on unto perfection." we are persuaded--on good grounds; the result of proof. as the Aaronic high priest entered the Holiest Place once a year to make propitiation for the people. "And this will we do, if God permit." The Catholic Church always opposed this view, and readmitted the lapsed on their repentance, but did not rebaptize them. d. Behind the veil… having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek: The temple analogy (behind the veil) reminds the writer to the Hebrews of his previous start into the subject of Jesus as our High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (in Hebrews 5:6-10). them who . The heart of man is the earth; man is the dresser; herbs are brought forth meet, not for the dresser, by whom, but for God, the owner of the soil, for whom it is dressed. Hope is exactly the medicine discouraged Christians need. 19. Hebrews Summary by Jay Smith. . Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. to renew them again--They have been "once" ( Hebrews 6:4 ) already renewed, or made anew, and now they need to be "renewed" over "again." The impossibility rests in their having known in themselves once the power of Christ's sacrifice, and yet now rejecting it; there cannot possibly be any new means devised for their renewal afresh, and the means provided by God's love they now, after experience of them, deliberately .and continuously reject; their conscience being served, and they "twice dead" ( Jude 1:12 ), are now past hope, except by a miracle of God's grace. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. will we do--So some of the oldest manuscripts read; but others, "Let us do." Wherein--that is, Which being the case among men, God, in accommodation to their manner of confirming covenants, superadded to His sure word His oath: the "TWO immutable things" ( Hebrews 6:18 ). the rain that cometh oft upon it--not merely failing over it, or towards it, but falling and resting upon it so as to cover it (the Greek genitive, not the accusative). patience--Greek, "long-suffering endurance." The author is anonymous, although either Paul or Barnabas was traditionally accepted as the author. if God permit--For even in the case of good resolutions, we cannot carry them into effect, save through God "working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure" ( Philippians 2:13 ). Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. A forerunner goes forward, knowing that others will follow behind him. bringeth forth--as the natural result of "having drunk in the rain." The ship must have hold of the anchor, even as we must lay hold of hope. The rain of heaven falls both on the elect and the apostates. The ground is not yet actually cursed. Since God has given us Christ, we ought to … sanctified, an unholy thing." The powers of this new spiritual world, partly exhibited in outward miracles at that time, and then, as now, especially consisting in the Spirit's inward quickening influences are the earnest of the coming inheritance above, and lead the believer who gives himself up to the Spirit to seek to live as the angels, to sit with Christ in heavenly places, to set the affections on things above, and not on things on earth, and to look for Christ's coming and the full manifestation of the world to come. “Will we do”: The writer is likely both giving his own testimony … Answering to those who have enjoyed the privilege of Christian experiences, being in some sense renewed by the Holy Ghost; true alike of those who persevere and those who "fall away." from God--Man's use of means is vain unless God bless ( 1 Corinthians 3:6 1 Corinthians 3:7 ). . (2) The world is the fore-court: heaven, the Holy of Holies; Christ, the High Priest going before us. iv. First, many biblical texts teach that true believers cannot be lost (John 6:39-40; 10:27-30; Rom. ( B) about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[ a] ( C) and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites,[ b] ( D) Though receiving bounty from other churches, and therefore not able to minister much by pecuniary help, yet those somewhat better off could minister to the greatest sufferers in their Church in various other ways (compare 2 Timothy 1:18 ). But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. We may request cookies to be set on your device. sure and steadfast--sure in respect to us: steadfast, or "firm" [ALFORD], in itself. At the same time it does not limit God's grace, as if it were "impossible" for God to reclaim even such a hardened rebel so as yet to look on Him whom he has pierced. by whom--rather as Greek, "for (that is, on account of) whom," namely, the lords of the soil; not the laborers, as English Version, namely, God and His Christ ( 1 Corinthians 3:9 ). herbs--provender. heirs of promise--not only Abraham's literal, but also his spiritual, seed ( Galatians 3:29 ). "He who is led into the whole (?) Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. your work--your whole Christian life of active obedience. Paul, as elsewhere, gives them the utmost credit for their graces, while delicately hinting the need of perseverance, a lack of which had probably somewhat begun to show itself. This "nigh" softens the severity of the previous "It is impossible," &c. ( Hebrews 6:4 Hebrews 6:6 ). Kadesh, that is, holy, implies the holiness of Jesus, our Refuge. Literally, He acted as Mediator, coming between Himself and us; as if He were less, while He swears, than Himself by whom He swears (for the less among men usually swear by the greater). veil--Greek, "catapetasma": the second veil which shut in the Holiest Place. According to this letter, Jesus Christ is superior to all other prophets and all other claims to truth. 13. And this will we do, if God permit. In Hebrews 5:11 , he said, "Ye have become dull (Greek, 'slothful') of hearing"; here he warns them not to become "slothful absolutely," namely, also in mind and deed. foundation of--that is, consisting in "repentance." There is no forerunner if there are no after-runners. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. 11. The three pairs of truths enumerated are designedly such as JEWISH believers might in some degree have known from the Old Testament, but had been taught more clearly when they became Christians. This repentance from dead works is therefore paired with "faith toward God." Dost thou not yet believe, thou that hearest the promise? . ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. . On a cross. The "oft" implies, on God's part, the riches of His abounding grace ("coming" spontaneously, and often); and, on the apostate's part, the wilful perversity whereby he has done continual despite to the oft-repeated motions of the Spirit. . Chapter 6 Practically Perfect in Every Way Even though he's talking to a bunch of spiritual babies, the author's not gonna go back over lots of basic Christian teachings—baptism, resurrection, judgment. 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