Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:1-8
This is a warning to believers of the importance of growing and maturing in our relationship with God. We are called to abide in Christ on a daily basis. We are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
Those who would begin with Christ and then begin to chase after the ways of the world and abandon the Lord, place themselves in danger. Sin is deceptive and we are called to walk according to the Spirit. For when we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit we will not gratify the lust and desires of the sinful nature.
As we walk each day following the leading of the Holy Spirit our desire for the Lord and His kingdom continues to increase. We are transformed into the image and character of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. As this happens we desire to abandon the things of sin and the world.
But those who would begin with Christ and then turn back to the world play a very dangerous game. For it is the Holy Spirit who draws us near unto the Lord and it is important we heed the drawing of the Holy Spirit because when we rebel and reject the leading of the Holy Spirit we begin to harden our heart towards the Lord.
Let us heed the warnings of the Lord in His word. Let us take seriously what God’s word has to say. The culture of our day rejects God and His kingdom. We are not called to align ourselves with this world and its ways. We are called to repent and turn from this world. May we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
It is impossible to please God without faith. Salvation is based upon faith in Jesus Christ alone. It is not based upon works or performance. For if righteousness and salvation were based upon works and performance, man would have something to boast about.
But without Jesus Christ we are spiritual bankrupt. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Being diligent speaks of continual pursuit of Almighty God. When we come to Christ and make the decision to follow Him that is only the beginning. The decision to follow Christ is a decision to walk with Him on a daily basis and to continually seek after Him with our whole heart.
When we come to God we must believe that He exist. There are many in the world who reject the existence of God. They believe that the world revolves around them and they don’t believe they are accountable for the way they live their lives. But all will stand before God some day and give an account of the way they have lived their lives. They will give an account as to whether or not they truly made Jesus Lord and Savior of their lives.
A decision to follow Jesus Christ is a decision to abandon our lives unto God. We decide to deny ourselves and pick up our cross. For in following Jesus Christ our lives no longer belong to us. When we come to Christ our lives belong to Him and the driving force of our lives is the will of Almighty God.
23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:23-25
Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. He lives forever more. The priest under the Old Covenant had to replace when their time as priest came to an end. Under the Old Covenant the priest the mediator between God and man. But under the New Covenant Jesus is the mediator between us and our Father in Heaven. The precious blood of Jesus enables us to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence and without fear.
It is by the grace and mercy of God that we are saved. It is by God’s grace and His power that we are held close to the Lord. We are not saved by our works and our right standing with God is not based upon our performance. It is based upon our faith in Christ Jesus. As we grow with Him we are transformed into His character and His nature.
May we fix our eyes on Jesus each day. May we seek Him with our whole heart and remove from our lives anything that would hinder our walk with Him. He is coming soon and He returns for a bride who is prepared and ready. He returns for a bride that seeks Him with her whole heart.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me[h] in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.[i] 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:26-39
There is a true danger that exist for those who willfully sin after they have come to the knowledge of the truth. It is very different to make a mistake and willfully sin. A person who is struggling with temptation will lose a battle here and there as they are growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. But to willfully sin means we have rejected the Lord and begin to pursue sin and this world with everything that is within us. If this is the case, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins because we have knowingly rejected Jesus Christ after having our eyes open to the truth.
The writer of Hebrews brings up the point that those who reject the law of Moses without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses faces death. The law of Moses represents the Old Covenant and the point the writer of Hebrews is making is that if that is the result of rejecting the law of Moses, how much more is it true if we reject the precious blood of Jesus. If after coming to know the truth we treat the blood of Jesus as a common thing and trample it underfoot, we have forfeited the grace and mercy of God. What the writers of Hebrews is pointing too and bringing up is a very flippant attitude about God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus. We should be pursuing God and His kingdom with all our heart and this will protect us from willfully chasing after sin and the desires of the flesh.
Vengeance belongs to the Lord alone and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God without mercy. His mercy and grace are available to all who will humble themselves and receive what Jesus has done by making Him Lord and Savior. But when we reject the sacrifice of Jesus after our eyes have been open to the truth then how mercy and grace no longer remain. The writer of Hebrews through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is stating the true danger in having a flippant attitude toward sin. Sin is deceptive and if we view it as something innocent it will capture our hearts.
The writer of Hebrews tells his readers to remember the former days when they experienced trial and tribulation. For it is when we suffer for the Lord that we grow in our relationship with Him and our hearts are fully committed to Him. When things become comfortable it is very easy to get off track. It requires us to diligently seek Him daily, setting aside anything that would hinder our relationship with Him. He is to be our only desire and our only aim.
There is great reward that awaits those who endure until the end. The Christian life requires endurance and it requires patience. In this world we will face tribulation, but we have nothing to fear because our Lord and Savior has overcome the world. But we are called to press on and keep our focus upon Jesus Christ.
The Lord has no pleasure in those who would abandon the faith and turn their hearts from Him. We are called to be of those who patiently wait upon the Lord. For He is coming soon and has a certain day and hour in which He shall return. God is a God of order and everything He does is by perfect design. This includes when He shall return for His bride to take her home. But we must endure until the end and keep our focus upon Jesus Christ alone.
It is the just who live by faith and those who abandon faith in Jesus Christ only have perdition that stands before them. But those who endure until the end are saved and will spend eternity in God’s kingdom. Sometimes we simplify salvation to the point where many simply believe it is a one time event. But time and time again the Lord speaks in His word of endurance, being patient, and enduring until the end. There were those who abandoned Jesus who began walking with Him and there were those who abandoned the apostle Paul and turned from the faith. Let us understand the seriousness of sin and let us seek the Lord with our whole hearts. For it is His grace and His power that hold us close to Him, but it is our responsibility to seek Him with our whole hearts.
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
The first time Jesus came He came as a humble servant who came to give His life for all humanity. He laid His life down willingly and took the punishment that we deserve. There is nothing that we can do to earn God’s love, grace, and mercy. We are simply called to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace because our sins have been forgiven and they no longer remain.
He is faithful and just to forgive our sins when we ask for forgiveness. Often times the enemy will try to paralyze us by reminding us of our past and someone how make us believe that our sin remains. But in Christ our sins are forgiven. In Christ we are set free not because we feel like we are free, but because the truth of God’s word says so.
There shall come a day when the Lord shall return for His bride. He shall return a second time unto the earth to establish His kingdom upon the earth. Until that day we are called to be busy with the work of God’s kingdom. We are called to fix our hearts and our minds upon Jesus. As we fix our eyes upon Jesus and draw near to the Lord we are transformed by the power and might of the Holy Spirit. This journey with Christ is simply about being transformed into His image.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We live by faith and not by sight. What this truly means is that we live as if it has already happened and God has already moved before He actually has. It is basing our trust in His promises and His word. Letting go of feelings and emotions and keeping our eyes fixed upon Jesus alone. The enemy will try to overwhelm us with doubt and discouragement. Theses are the fiery arrows of the enemy. Every thought concerning discouragement and doubt is simply a lie from the mouth of Satan. God will fulfill His every promise and no matter how long we are called to wait we must hold fast to the faith that we have.
Waiting can be very difficult on the promises of God but there is a deep work that God does in the waiting. In the waiting our hearts and lives are transformed. Everything in our flesh wants things to happen right away, but there is a deep purpose in the waiting. God has called us to wait and has promised to move in His due time. No matter how much discouragement, doubt, and unbelief you may be experiencing understand that you are not alone. It simply takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain. Hold fast my friends and continue to press into the Lord and in the place of prayer. God will move in due time.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is impossible to please God without faith. We don’t earn God’s grace or forgiveness. We don’t earn God’s mercy or His love. Everything we receive from the Lord is by faith alone. He is love and He loves to lavish His love upon us. There is so much the Lord desires to do in our lives and often times we miss out because we are chasing after things that have no eternal value.
But when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness the Lord will bring forth every plan and purpose He has for our lives. We should never compare our lives to anyone else’s and the mistake we make often times is comparing what God is doing in our lives and what He is doing in the lives of others.
Our lives and our calling is unique from anyone else’s. We must simply keep our hearts and eyes fixed upon Jesus. He will lead and guide us one step at a time. It simply comes down to abiding and fellowshipping with the Lord. We have a living relationship with Him and the more we draw near, the more we grow and are transformed.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:1-4.
There is no such thing as casual Christianity. Daily we are in a spiritual war in which we are tempted on a daily basis by the desire of the sinful nature. But we can have authority over the temptations we face by relying fully upon the strength of the Lord and not our own. It is important for us to be in God’s word daily, reading His word and meditating upon His word. When we read God’s word our minds are transformed and therefore our lives are transformed.
The message of the gospel and the truth of Jesus Christ was demonstrated through signs, wonders, and miracles. The first century church saw a demonstration of God’s power as the authority of those speaking God’s word was demonstrated through signs, wonders, and miracles.
Signs, wonders, and miracles are a demonstration of authority and were not just for the first century church. Many times in America we see a lack of the power of the Holy Spirit because people have either rejected the power of the Holy Spirit or we simply as a people are not walking in obedience. There is much the Lord desires to do in our midst but it is going to require us as a people to walk in true repentance and walk in obedience.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Holy Spirit is available today for every believer. The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts of the Spirit according to the will of the Father. But again we must be open to receive what the Lord has for us. We cannot allow the traditions of man and the wisdom of man to keep us from all that God has for us. Too many times in America we allow pride and fear to keep us from having all that the Lord has for us.
When we simply take time to meditate upon the sacrifice of Jesus and the gravity of that sacrifice it puts life in the right perspective. We are simply called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. The bottom line is that if we desire to see the power of God demonstrated in our midst it requires obedience on our part to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”[a]?
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”[b]?
6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”[c]
7 In speaking of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels spirits,
and his servants flames of fire.”[d]
8 But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[e]
10 He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”[f]
13 To which of the angels did God ever say,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet”[g]?
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:5-14.
The writers of Hebrews makes it clear that there is a distinction between the angels of Heaven and the Son of God. Jesus is the one who deserves our worship. There have been those who have gotten caught up in the worship of angels. The worship of angels is intriguing to some because they are supernatural beings. But the truth is that they are created just like us.
We do not become angels when we die. There are some who believe this but it is not true. When we die we will have brand new bodies even though our spirits are already reborn while we are on the earth. But Jesus is the only one who deserves our worship. He sits at the right hand of the Father and Jesus will return to establish His millennial reign upon the earth. Jesus reign upon the earth will be a physical reign and we who are part of the body of Christ will rule and reign with Him at that time.
It is important for us as believers in Jesus Christ to keep our hearts and minds focused upon Jesus. He has already overcome the world, and it is Him alone who leads us to victory. As we draw near to the Lord each day we grow in deeper intimacy with Him. Yes we will face trials and tribulations, but we have nothing to fear because no matter what we face the Lord grace is sufficient and His strength made perfect in our weakness. The bottom line is Jesus deserves all our praise and He alone is the one who we focus our hearts upon.
There is an important functions that angels play in the life of any believer. They come along side and provide aide. Even though we may not be able to see them they are ever present around us. When we pray the angels of Heaven are strengthen and empowered to carry out the Father’s will upon the earth. There is a continual war that is taking place between the angels of Heaven and Satan and his demonic horde. But the thing to always remember is that only a third of the angels followed after Satan when he rebelled against God. The bottom line is we have nothing to fear. We simply need to keep our hearts and minds focused upon Jesus Christ and every time we go before the Lord in prayer the purposes and plans of Heaven are accomplished.