Hebrews Chapter 6

Without going over the doctrine of the new testament, the epistle moves on to showing the perfection of God in the giving of the law and its fulfilment in Christ (v1,v2) which will be written in this epistle. (v3) Paul assumes that the readers are well versed in doctrine and have the Holy Spirit already (v4) For those that have tasted all the good things of God (v5) if they fall from under grace can not reclaim them again. (v6) seeing that they have crucified their saviour a second time (v6). By rejecting Christ they do the same thing as was done to Him at first.

Those that receive the blessings of God are those that are fruitful, (v7) and those that do not deserve it are unfruitful and fit for destruction (v8). Paul is convinced of better things and things which are of salvation in the readers of the letter, although he makes mention of that distinction. (v9) (It is not a defence for a doctrine of 'once saved always saved'.) God is faithful to remember all their charity and love in ministering to each other in the gospel (v10) Paul prays they all continue to do so with diligence to attain salvation. (v11) Not becoming slothful, but followers after the example of those that went before who with patience and faith attained the promises of God. (v12)

When God made promise to Abraham, God swore by the greatest thing He could (Himself) that His promises were sure. (v13,v14) So when Abraham had endured patiently He was in sure receipt of those promises. (v15) therefore we should be likewise convinced of the sure promises of Christ. For every man swears by something greater so that an oath is not dishonourably made. (v16) Such an oath becomes a pact of peace and and end to strife.

Therefore in order for God to show his heirs the sure word of His promises He confirmed it with an oath. (v17) In two things, of which it was impossible for God to lie. That Christ is His Son, and that He is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedec. One pertains to the giving and fulfilling of the law with faith, and another to the entering into rest by virtue of faith. By virtue of these two things fulfilled, we have every means under grace to attain to the salvation which is shown us, who believe on the perfecter of both, Christ Jesus. (v18) For if the law was a lie, then so is Christ. If Christ was a lie, then the law fulfilled is nonsense. (because Christ is raised from the dead we have hope of the truth of both.)

By this very statement, we have an anchor that we can hold to as our hope: that our obedience will be perfected under grace and we will attain to eternal life as has Christ by entering into His rest. (v19) Jesus Christ has been the first to enter in, in all obedience and has been in receipt of the rest of God ahead of us, and is ministering for us as a priest not by the law, but of faith and grace. (For we will see how Jesus has finished the works of the law in making Himself a once for all offering for sin.)

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