As "enlightened" refers to the sense of sight: so here taste follows. Resources » Commentaries » Hebrews » Chapter 6 » exegesis. "He cares alike for great and small, and overlooks none." Expressing the utmost benignity [BENGEL]. The Hebrews are urged to go forward in the doctrine of Christ, and the consequences of apostacy, or turning back, are described. "The heavenly gift"; Christ given by the Father and revealed by the enlightening word preached and written: as conferring peace in the remission of sins; and as the Bestower of the gift of the Holy Spirit ( Acts 8:19 Acts 8:20 ), made partakers of the Holy Ghost--specified as distinct from, though so inseparably connected with, "enlightened," and "tasted of the heavenly gift," Christ, as answering to "laying on of hands" after baptism, which was then generally accompanied with the impartation of the Holy Ghost in miraculous gifts. bringeth forth--as the natural result of "having drunk in the rain." Wherein--that is, Which being the case among men, God, in accommodation to their manner of confirming covenants, superadded to His sure word His oath: the "TWO immutable things" ( Hebrews 6:18 ). Read Numbers 15:30–31. Here an entire and wilful apostasy is meant; the Hebrews had not yet so fallen away; but he warns them that such would be the final result of retrogression, if, instead of "going on to perfection," they should need to learn again the first principles of Christianity ( Hebrews 6:1 ). Let us watch with humble caution and prayer as to ourselves. The distressed condition of the Palestinian Christians appears from the collection for them. The language of fatherly affection, rather than command. Compare Matthew 22:7 , "burned up their city" an earnest of a like fate to all wilful abusers of God's grace ( Hebrews 10:26 Hebrews 10:27 ). The ground is not yet actually cursed. This passage shows: (1) an oath is sanctioned even in the Christian dispensation as lawful; (2) that the limits to its use are, that it only be employed where it can put an end to contradiction in disputes, and for confirmation of a solemn promise. Dost thou not yet believe, thou that hearest the promise? The promise of blessedness God has made to believers, is from God's eternal purpose, settled between the eternal Father, Son, and Spirit. willing . (4) For it is impossible for those . tasted of the heavenly gift--tasted for themselves. as the Aaronic high priest entered the Holiest Place once a year to make propitiation for the people. toward his name--Your acts of love to the saints were done for His name's sake. your work--your whole Christian life of active obedience. . 1. to lie--"ever to lie"; this is the force of the Greek aorist [ALFORD]. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, — every one of you--implying that all in the Palestinian churches had not shown the same diligence as some of those whom he praises in Hebrews 6:10 . Commentaries for Hebrews Chapter 6 The faith and hope of the church encouraged from this. we are persuaded--on good grounds; the result of proof. nigh unto cursing--on the verge of being given up to its own barrenness by the just curse of God. 4. 8. that which--rather as Greek (no article), "But if it (the 'land,' Hebrews 6:7 ) bear"; not so favorable a word as "bringeth forth," Hebrews 6:7 , said of the good soil. (1-8) The apostle expresses satisfaction, as to the most of them. A person who has been justified can fall away, just as verse 6 says. will"; words akin. and have not yet received them; such strength hone has. Compare Romans 15:14 , "I myself am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye are full of goodness." The humbled sinner who pleads guilty, and cries for mercy, can have no ground from this passage to be discouraged, whatever his conscience may accuse him of. from God--Man's use of means is vain unless God bless ( 1 Corinthians 3:6 1 Corinthians 3:7 ). A confirmation of the Pauline authorship of this Epistle. Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to … thither the hope of the body, too, is called. The apostle is not speaking of the falling away of mere professors, never convinced or influenced by the gospel. 13. Here is a refuge for all sinners who flee to the mercy of God, through the redemption of Christ, according to the covenant of grace, laying aside all other confidences. consolation--under doubts and fears, and so "encouragement," literally, "exhortation." As John Baptist was Christ's forerunner on earth, so Christ is ours in heaven. We should not be always speaking about outward things; these have their places and use, but often take up too much attention and time, which might be better employed. The "oft" implies, on God's part, the riches of His abounding grace ("coming" spontaneously, and often); and, on the apostate's part, the wilful perversity whereby he has done continual despite to the oft-repeated motions of the Spirit. labour of love--The oldest manuscripts omit "labor of," which probably crept in from 1 Thessalonians 1:3 . 5. tasted the good word of God--distinct from "tasted OF (genitive) the heavenly gift"; we do not yet enjoy all the fulness of Christ, but only have a taste OF Him, the heavenly gift now; but believers may taste the whole word (accusative case) of God already, namely, God's "good word of promise." set before us--as a prize for which we strive; a new image, namely, the race course ( Hebrews 12:1 Hebrews 12:2 ). —The connection of thought has been already explained (Hebrews 6:3); the general meaning will be examined below (Hebrews 6:6).It will be seen that the greater part of this long sentence is dependent on the word “renew” in Hebrews 6:6, “It is impossible to renew again unto repentance those who were once,” &c. Not because the blood of Christ is not sufficient to obtain pardon for this sin; but this sin, in its very nature, is opposite to repentance and every thing that leads to it. 3. will we do--So some of the oldest manuscripts read; but others, "Let us do." Bezer, that is, a fortress, Christ is so to all who trust in Him. 17. Rather than regress, they must begin to make progress. The Montanists and Novatians used this passage to justify the lasting exclusion from the Church of those who had once lapsed. Compare "How often," Matthew 23:37 . Paul, as elsewhere, gives them the utmost credit for their graces, while delicately hinting the need of perseverance, a lack of which had probably somewhat begun to show itself. The "for us" implies that it was not for Himself. Things that are linked unto salvation (compare Hebrews 6:19 ). You, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit are priority in interpretation. Kadesh, that is, holy, implies the holiness of Jesus, our Refuge. The free grace of God, the merits and mediation of Christ, and the powerful influences of his Spirit, are the grounds of this hope, and so it is a stedfast hope. crucify to themselves the Son of God--"are crucifiying to themselves" Christ, instead of, like Paul, crucifying the world unto them by the cross of Christ ( Galatians 6:14 ). As forerunner for us (that is, in our behalf), entered Jesus" [and is now: this last clause is implied in the 'where' of the Greek, which implies being IN a place: 'whither' is understood to 'entered,' taken out of 'where'; whither Jesus entered, and where He is now]. The six particulars here specified had been, as it were, the Christian Catechism of the Old Testament; and such Jews who had begun to recognize Jesus as the Christ immediately on the new light being shed on these fundamental particulars, were accounted as having the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ [BENGEL]. lay hold upon the hope--that is, the object of our hope, as upon a preservative from sinking. Compare "the full assurance of faith," Hebrews 10:22 , Romans 4:21 , 1 Thessalonians 1:5 . It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats can take away sin (Hebrews 10:4). Hebrews 6:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 6:10, NIV: "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them." Hebrews Chapter 6 is one of the more discussed chapters of Hebrews and is used by those of both Arminist [1] and Calvinists [2] as a proof text to justify their position of the “saved” believer. The three pairs of truths enumerated are designedly such as JEWISH believers might in some degree have known from the Old Testament, but had been taught more clearly when they became Christians. heirs of promise--not only Abraham's literal, but also his spiritual, seed ( Galatians 3:29 ). leaving--getting further forward than the elementary "principles." Those who do this are like those in Hebrews 6. impossible . as to make those that are earthly to become heavenly." "As in building a house one must never leave the foundation: yet to be always laboring in 'laying the foundation' would be ridiculous" [CALVIN]. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. (2) The world is the fore-court: heaven, the Holy of Holies; Christ, the High Priest going before us. The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. A temporary faith is possible, without one thereby being constituted one of the elect ( mark 4:16 mark 4:17 ). They Must Progress (Hebrews 6:1-2) Hebrews 6:1a. for those--"in the case of those." put him to an open shame--literally, "make a public example of" Him, as if He were a malefactor suspended on a tree. James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. counsel--Greek, "willing . The opposite of "rejected," Hebrews 6:8 . Of these it is said, that it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance. . Such as the master of the soil wishes. But the merely nominal Christian, continuing unfruitful under the means of grace, or producing nothing but deceit and selfishness, was near the awful state above described; and everlasting misery was the end reserved for him. 1 So we must go on from the first lessons that we learned about Christ. thee--The increase of Abraham's seed is virtually an increase of himself. Nor are such sins meant, as Christians fall into through the strength of temptations, or the power of some worldly or fleshly lust. And this fruitful field or garden receives the blessing. Such have nothing to fall away from, but an empty name, or hypocritical profession. Repentance and faith were the first principles taught under the Gospel. We must grow as believers so that we understand more and more. The first-fruits of our nature are ascended, and so the rest is sanctified. . Second, if true believers can be lost, then our text teaches that it is impossible for them to regain their salvation. ESTIUS explains, As the anchor does not stay in the waters, but enters the ground hidden beneath the waters, and fastens itself in it, so hope, our anchor of the soul, is not satisfied with merely coming to the vestibule, that is..is not content with merely earthly and visible goods, but penetrates even to those which are within the veil, namely. Hebrews 6:4-6, is the section often in question. (11-20). We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. by whom--rather as Greek, "for (that is, on account of) whom," namely, the lords of the soil; not the laborers, as English Version, namely, God and His Christ ( 1 Corinthians 3:9 ). Warn anyone you know in this situation. These verses mean exactly what they say. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for his appearance, when we shall certainly appear with him in glory. For--confirming the reasonableness of resting on "the promises" as infallibly sure, resting as they do on God's oath, by the instance of Abraham. Hebrews 6. . There is the long-suffering patience, or endurance of love, 1 Corinthians 13:4 , and that of faith, Hebrews 6:15 . Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. . of them who . Nor does it prove that any one who is made a new creature in Christ, ever becomes a final apostate from him. rejected by the Lord. Contrast God's curse causing unfruitfulness ( Genesis 3:17 Genesis 3:18 ); also spiritually ( Jeremiah 17:5-8 ). The world to come thus stands in contrast to course of this world, altogether disorganized because God is not its spring of action and end. . 2. the doctrine of baptisms--paired with "laying on of hands," as the latter followed on Christian baptism, and answers to the rite of confirmation in Episcopal churches. resurrection, &c.--held already by the Jews from the Old Testament: confirmed with clearer light in Christian teaching or "doctrine." "He now gives consolation, by the oath of God's grace, to those whom, in the second, third, and fourth chapters, he had warned by the oath of God's 'wrath.' 6 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. "Hope, entering within heaven, hath made us already to be in the things promised to us, even while we are still below. If those who through mistaken views of this passage, as well as of their own case, fear that there is no mercy for them, would attend to the account given of the nature of this sin, that it is a total and a willing renouncing of Christ, and his cause, and joining with his enemies, it would relieve them from wrong fears. This "nigh" softens the severity of the previous "It is impossible," &c. ( Hebrews 6:4 Hebrews 6:6 ). Answering to those who have enjoyed the privilege of Christian experiences, being in some sense renewed by the Holy Ghost; true alike of those who persevere and those who "fall away." Salem Media Group. He who abides not in Christ, is cast forth as a withered branch; but he who abides in Him becomes more and more free from sin; the wicked one cannot touch him; and he by faith overcomes the world. The excellence of Christ's priesthood above that of Aaron is shown. Hebrews 10:26 says that a person who sins willfully cannot be brought back to salvation. The apostle here describes the case of those who have cast away both the power and the form of godliness; who have lost both their faith, hope, and love, Hebrews 6:10, etc., and that wilfully, Hebrews 10:26.Of these wilful total apostates he declares, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance. Hebrews 6:4-6. The outer veil was called by a distinct Greek term, calumma: "the second (that is, the inner) veil.". The argument here refers to Abraham himself as an example; therefore Paul quotes Genesis 22:17 , "thee," instead of "thy seed.". "It is the curse of evil eternally to propagate evil" [THOLUCK]. i. Hope is found represented on coins by an anchor. There are things that are never separated from salvation; things that show the person to be in a state of salvation, and which will end in eternal salvation. Read Hebrews 6 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. To teach that a saved person could be lost would mean that you would contradict many clear passages that say the exact opposite. We must proceed from the first principles of the doctrine of Christ unto perfection, and not lay the foundation a second time, Hebrews 6:1-3. “Will we do”: The writer is likely both giving his own testimony … As "love" occurs here, so "hope," Hebrews 6:11 , "faith," Hebrews 6:12 ; as in 1 Corinthians 13:13 : the Pauline triad. His word would have been amply enough; but, to make assurance doubly sure, He "interposed with an oath" (so the Greek). The "for" in Hebrews 6:4 refers to this:I say, if God permit, for there are cases where God does not permit, for example, "it is impossible," &c. Without God's blessing, the cultivation of the ground does not succeed ( Hebrews 6:7 ). The plural is general, the owners whoever they may be; here God. briers--Greek, "thistles." Proud member We should not be always speaking about outward things; these have their places and use, but often take up too much attention and time, which might be better employed. blessing--fruitfulness. herbs--provender. This passage probably originated the application of the term "illumination" to baptism in subsequent times. unto the end--the coming of Christ. But they have two big problems. Not that they have actually entered on the perfect inheritance, which Hebrews 11:13 Hebrews 11:39 Hebrews 11:40 explicitly denies; though doubtless the dead in Christ have, in the disembodied soul, a foretaste of it; but "them (enumerated in Hebrews 11:2-40 ) who in every age have been, are, or shall be, inheritors of the promises"; of whom Abraham is an illustrious example ( Hebrews 6:13 ). No love is to be reckoned as love, but working love; and no works are right works, which flow not from love to Christ. Study the bible online using commentary on Hebrews 6 and more! Such a one was never truly a Spirit-led disciple of Christ ( Romans 8:14-17 ). These promises of God may safely be depended upon; for here we have two things which cannot change, the counsel and the oath of God, in which it is not possible for God to lie; it would be contrary to his nature as well as to his will. sure and steadfast--sure in respect to us: steadfast, or "firm" [ALFORD], in itself. This is exactly in St. Paul’s manner of softening the harsh things he found himself obliged to write. Christ is the object and ground of the believer's hope. . The rain of heaven falls both on the elect and the apostates. "And this will we do, if God permit." The oath of wrath did not primarily extend its force beyond the wilderness; but the oath of grace is in force for ever" [BENGEL]. Therefore, there immediately follows the clause, "the powers of the world to come." "He who is led into the whole (?) Often Hebrews 6:4-6 is misinterpreted to teach that a saved person can be lost after they have been saved. I prefer, "The oath is to them, in respect to confirmation (of one's solemn promise or covenant; as here, God's), an end of all contradiction (so the Greek is translated, Hebrews 12:3 ), or "gainsaying." Jerusalem, which had so resisted the grace of Christ, was then nigh unto cursing, and in a few years was burned. 8:28-39). repentance from dead works--namely, not springing from the vital principle of faith and love toward God, and so counted, like their doer, dead before God. 12. be not--Greek, "become not." 14. multiplying . eternal judgment--judgment fraught with eternal consequences either of joy or of woe. The writer to the Hebrews is not saying it is just difficult, but truly without possibility. The first and most obvious elementary instruction of Jews would be the teaching them the typical significance of their own ceremonial law in its Christian fulfilment [ALFORD]. Hebrews must be read in light of the law. "This," that is, "Go on unto perfection." 6. followers--Greek, "imitators"; so in Ephesians 5:1 , Greek; 1 Corinthians 11:1 . The willful sin here is a denial of the faith, a presumptive trampling of the Gospel of Christ. (9,10) And encourages them to persevere in faith and holiness. In Hebrews 5:11 , he said, "Ye have become dull (Greek, 'slothful') of hearing"; here he warns them not to become "slothful absolutely," namely, also in mind and deed. We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. He never uses this appellation but in exhorting; we are persuaded better things of you — Than those intimated verges 4-6. The elect abide in Christ, hear and continuously obey His voice, and do not fall away. 9. beloved--appositely here introduced; LOVE to you prompts me in the strong warnings I have just given, not that I entertain unfavorable thoughts of you; nay, I anticipate better things of you; Greek "the things which are better"; that ye are not thorn-bearing, or nigh unto cursing, and doomed unto burning, but heirs of salvation in accordance with God's faithfulness ( Hebrews 6:10 ). WARNING AGAINST RETROGRADING, WHICH SOON LEADS TO APOSTASY; ENCOURAGEMENT TO STEADFASTNESS FROM GOD'S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS WORD AND OATH. Every Protestant commentary has trouble with this because, to them, justification and salvation are the same thing, but they are not!Their belief flies in the face of the reality of God's Word. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. and heavenly goods. So in Hebrews 10:29 , "trodden under foot the Son of God, and counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith . 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