Context: The writer is just starting to talk about Christ as the last, Final High Priest, Greater than the Aaronic Priesthood.
He is getting ready to explain more deeply the Permanence of Jesus’s Office as Priest & how it’s effects the permanence of our Salvation.
Meanwhile back in Chapter 5.
You Can’t grow in the depths of maturity if you still doubt that Jesus Saved You.
[Heb 5:11 ESV] About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
[Heb 5:12 ESV] For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,
[Heb 5:13 ESV] for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
[Heb 5:14 ESV] But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Know! . . . That You Are Saved!
[Heb 6:1 ESV] Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
[Heb 6:2 ESV] and of instruction about washings (baptism), the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
[Heb 6:3 ESV] And this we will do if God permits.
**Baptism is an outward sign or expression of an inward transformation.
** Laying on of hands. An intimate personal connection for the purpose of dispensing a blessing.
** Resurrection of the dead
[Mat 22:31 ESV] And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God:
[Mat 22:32 ESV] 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living."
** Eternal Judgment.
[Rev 20:12 ESV] And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
[Rev 20:13 ESV] And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
[Rev 20:14 ESV] Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
No yo-yo Jesus!
[Heb 6:4 ESV] For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,
[Heb 6:5 ESV] and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,
[Heb 6:6 ESV] and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
If you think you lost your salvation, then give up now. There is no second chance.
Those Who Are Redeemed, Born Again, Saved. .. Bear Fruit.
[Heb 6:7 ESV] For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.
[Heb 6:8 ESV] But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
The Evidence of Salvation.
A True and Sure love for God, revealed in the following.
1. A Undeniable desire to Follow Jesus!
A sincere desire to know the Bible and Obey the Bible. Because the Bible is God’s Word.
It’s a sincere desire to know God better.
2. The gift of struggle, is the work of Sanctification.
[Gal 5:16 ESV] But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
[Gal 5:17 ESV] For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
[Gal 5:18 ESV] But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
[Gal 5:19 ESV] Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
[Gal 5:20 ESV] idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
[Gal 5:21 ESV] envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
[Gal 5:22 ESV] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
[Gal 5:23 ESV] gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
[Gal 5:24 ESV] And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
[Gal 5:25 ESV] If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
[1Jo 4:19 NIV] We love because He first loved us.
A response to true love creates acts of true love in the case of God’s love for us.
A messy struggle from old sinful activity to new holy activity.
That happens to look like the 5 Disciplines.
Assurance of Salvation, Knowing you are saved for sure, makes one work harder.
[Heb 6:9 ESV] Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things--things that belong to salvation.
[Heb 6:10 ESV] For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
[Heb 6:11 ESV] And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end,
[Heb 6:12 ESV] so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
When God makes a Promise NOT even God can change it.
[Heb 6:13 ESV] For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
[Heb 6:14 ESV] saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you."
[Heb 6:15 ESV] And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
What about when God does something wrathful?
He didn’t break a promise.
It was always when His creation broke a Convent Agreement.
God is always the victim of evil humanity. He is always Just in His Actions. He is always FAIR.
Nowhere in History or Current day can you say God is not Fair.
There are two groups of people in the World.
Those who receive Gods Justice and those who receive His Mercy & Grace.
[Heb 6:16 ESV] For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.
[Heb 6:17 ESV] So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,
God’s Guarantee of Salvation:
[2Co 1:20 ESV] For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
[2Co 1:21 ESV] And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,
[2Co 1:22 ESV] and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
Mortal Swallowed up by Life!
[2Co 5:4 ESV] For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened--not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
[2Co 5:5 ESV] He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
[2Co 5:6 ESV] So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
[2Co 5:7 ESV] for we walk by faith, not by sight.
[Eph 1:13 ESV] In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
[Eph 1:14 ESV] who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Two Unchangeable Things:
1. God’s Unchanging Purpose
2. God’s Promise or Oath.
[Heb 6:18 ESV] so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
[Heb 6:19 ESV] We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
The Holy of Holies! The Throne of God Himself!!!!!
[Heb 6:20 ESV] where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
[1Co 11:23 ESV] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,
[1Co 11:24 ESV] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
[1Co 11:25 ESV] In the same way also he took the cup,
after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
[1Co 11:26 ESV] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.