30 mars 2021 ~ 0 Commentaire

Bible Commentary Hebrews Chapter 6

It is not the person who intentionally sins who is barred from fellowship in the Old Testament, but the person who is not repentant of their sin. Hamilton says that this is exactly what is referred to in the book of Hebrews. The Old Testament believer went to the tabernacle to worship God. The tabernacle was a place of fellowship and worship, not a place to procure salvation.
I will explain why the view that I hold to makes the most sense to me. We come to what is arguably the most difficult passage in the New Testament to interpret. The problem is that no view, including the one that I hold, is without problems.

They should just hold fast to their confidence, as Paul says. Then God’s word will result in joy and peace, as it says in Isaiah. And so that is the whole point of the book of Hebrews, Paul is exhorting the brethren to not fall for the trap of offering sacrifices for salvation.
The Apostate view states that these Jewish believers, “who reject the truth of Christ’s efficacious sacrifice have no other provision for sin.” They can never be restored to fellowship. They have been disqualified for further service, and have lost their eternal rewards. God wants you to leave the elementary principles of Christ — to leave, , the elementary principles about Christ. They are mentioned as repentance, faith, baptism, the laying on of hands, the resurrection, and eternal judgment. The three scholars are in great opposition on this first difficulty.

He may later become an atheist or he may live in gross sin for the rest of his life. But because he once “believed,” he is eternally secure. The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. The promise of blessedness God has made to believers, is from God’s eternal purpose, settled between the eternal Father, Son, and Spirit.
This criticism echoes other warnings given so far in this letter. God’s intent for the Christian believer is not to be inert, but to experience continual growth and maturity. If we are lazy, disinterested, or careless, we not only miss the blessings of wisdom, we run the risk of disobedience or discouragement. Hebrews chapter 6 represents a high point in the letter.
If a man deliberately rejects that, he must perish. The Greek word occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It is material to remark here that the apostle does not say that any true Christian ever had fallen away.

These people make it to heaven by the skin of their teeth. The believer who is adokimos, disqualified before Christ in heaven does not lose their salvation, only their reward. The issue is not salvation, but approval at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Some translations says disapproved, or disqualified. The Greek word is adokimos, which is the negative of dokimos. Dokimos always has the sense of being tested, accepted or approved, most often in reference to the judgment Christians will face at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
So Socrates said, “To ground hope on a false supposition, is like trusting to a weak anchor.” Again – “A ship ought not to trust to one anchor, nor life to one hope.” Both sure and steadfast. That is fixed in the sand, and the vessel is secure. The heirs to whom the promise of life pertained; that is, all who were interested in the promises made to Abraham – thus embracing the heirs of salvation now. They never swear by one who is inferior to themselves. The object of the apostle in this declaration is to show that as far as this could be done it had been by God. He could not indeed swear by one greater than himself, but he could make his promise as certain as an oath taken by people was when they solemnly appealed to him.

It might include the plan of salvation; the forgiveness of sins; the enlightening, renewing, and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit, or any one of the graces which that Spirit imparts. It is an expression which “may” be applied to sincere Christians; it is at least doubtful whether it can with propriety be applied to any other. there is much in making an honest attempt to be perfectly holy, even though we should not attain to it in Hebrews 6 explained this life. Harsh as the apostle’s words may seem, they are not meant for you who are really believers in Christ, and in whom the Holy Spirit has wrought a complete change of heart and life; Paul is not speaking of such as you. One interpretation holds that this passage is written not about Christians but about unbelievers who are convinced of the basic truths of the gospel but who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
He concludes by saying, they , « after having been Christians, voluntarily relapsed in to Paganism. » Of course, I can agree with Wesley’s definition of a Christian, but can our eternal security friends agree with it especially as it relates to the subject at hand? I answer « no. » They will parse carefully what they mean by using the terms, « 100%, » « genuinely, » « real, » « true, » and other such adjectives. Had Wesley used « genuine » in one of his phrases and believed in eternal security, his definition would be the standard. The only conclusion that can be made is that in the area of eternal security these brothers would rather die then give ground to the so called Arminians.

Of course, the premise is not possible, that a saved person could fall away. 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. God promised in Isaiah, that instead of thorns and briers, we would receive the myrtle tree, and an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. That is why Hebrews 6 is promising that it is impossible to fall away. And because if it is impossible to fall away, why are they trying to offer animal sacrifices?
Some who believe that you can lose your salvation use these verses as their cornerstone. A rule of biblical interpretation is that when you are confused, interpret the less clear passages by the more clear biblical passages. Using this rule of interpretation we can rule out loss of salvation as a meaning of these verses. There are simply too many clear verses in the Bible that teach us the security of salvation. There are many more places that show us salvation is given to us by God and not something we deserve.
We conclude that if a person was never saved to begin with, he could only be called a sinner. It is only logical that an apostate is different from a mere sinner who attends Church. The next section (verses 4-7) are difficult for they address those that fall away from the faith and the extreme difficulty of bringing them back. The writer of Hebrews says that “it is impossible.” Yikes!

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