Becoming Spiritually Mature
We have come to a very important section of Hebrews. There are many and conflicting interpretations of this passage. The overall passage is 5:11-6:12, and deals with spiritual maturity. The first two parts (5:11-14 and 6:1-8) are, I believe, addressed to Jews and Unbelievers, whereas the third (6:9-12) is to believers.
I. A Call to Spiritual Growth
A. Spiritually Dull (5:11-14)
11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
1. Spiritually Dull and Don’t Listen , lit. “no-push” slow, sluggish.
a. We want you to learn and grow, but you don’t
2. Dullness is UnProductive,
‘Instead, you need someone to teach you again’ (5:12)
a. Repeatedly teaching you the Basics
b. You should be on Solid food, but your still on Milk !
B. The Basics Again and Again (6:1-3)
6:1 So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. 2 You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.
1. Let’s Go on to Maturity Move to Further Understanding
2. Fundamental Principles: (Please take out the Insert)
- Repentance from Sins, “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts 3:19
- Putting Faith in God, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:10
- Baptisms, JESUS SAID, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
- Laying on of Hands, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12
- Resurrection of the Dead, “When Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2
- Eternal Judgement, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
Now remember the author is talking to the Jews…
C. Warnings Against Turning (6:4-6)
4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
1. 5 Great Advantages
a. They have been Enlightened, they understood the Old Testament.
(the Greek word here is ph?tiz?, to give light or teaching) not salvation as some might argue.
b. Experienced the Good Things of Heaven, they heard the one from Heaven but did not commit to Him.
c. Shared in the Holy Spirit, they have heard of it, seen it, but ever connected with Spirit. They were associate with the Spirit, not engaged.
d. Tasted the Goodness of the Word, they have heard the word in their synagogues and they tasted but did not eat of it.
e. Tasted the Power of the Age to Come, they have seen the signs and wonders. Put once again they just tasted, they did not partake.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8
2. Impossible to Return
a. The are Losing the Opportunity to Receive the Message
b. If they W from Salvation in Christ, they have forfeited Grace.
c. Jews were at the Best Place to Receive Christ and they Didn’t.
“by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again” (6:6)
II. Transitional Clarity (6:7-8)
A. Thorn and Thistles with Condemnation
8 But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.
B. Rain and Crops with Blessings
7 When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing.
III. Meant for Better Things (6:9-12)
9 Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don’t believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. 10 For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. 11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true.
A. The Above Doesn’t Apply.
“you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation.” (6:9)
What separates the two groups in these Passages? Salvation
They believe and trust in God. They follow His ways. The learn about His word. and they love others.
B. Keep Up on ‘Better Things’
1. Care for other Believer’s, it shows your Love for God (6:10)
2. Desire to Love Others the Rest of your Life (6:11)
- This is the author’s desire for us
- It illustrates the certainty of our Hope
3. Follow the Example of other Christ Followers
a. You won’t become Spiritually Dull and Indifferent
b. Rather, you’ll live in Faith and Endurance, trusting in God
12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance. (6:12)