11/06/2010

Forward or Destruction; No Third Option (Heb. 6)

The Doctrine of Perseverance (Heb. 6:1-12). Heb. 6:1 says, "...let us...go on to maturity." To do so, we should "leave the elementary doctrine (teaching) of Christ" (Heb. 6:1-3). Otherwise, the author warns of certain apostasy/destruction/falling away (Heb. 6:4-8). Some think this passage means that a Christian, who was once saved, can lose their salvation. That's not the case, because those whom God has truly saved will persevere in faith to the end (John 10:28,29; Rom. 8:28-30).

God's Promise is Certain (Heb. 6:13-20). "When God made a promise to Abraham" (Heb. 6:13), God had to swear by Himself, because there was no one higher than God to swear by (Heb. 6:13-18; Gen. 22:16,17). Therefore, our Christian hope is not in some vague wishful fantasy or positive thinking based on nothing, but in the Person and Saving Work of Christ, our high priest (Heb. 6:19,20). This is the only reason why we Christians are able to confidently "take hold of the hope set before us" (Heb. 6:18), and why "we have this hope as an anchor of the soul, firm and secure" (Heb. 6:19). In brief, our hope does not at all stem from ourselves, but from what Christ has done for us.


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