Hebrews 6 Commentary
by Hank Workman
An anchor is essential in the high waters and rough seas. Without it securely and deeply planted you’ll never stay where you intend.
Discouragement and upset are often where we find the waves beating against us. Situations change, people come against us, ideas we had hoped for crash and burn. With each fallout or navel water mine of unexpected devastation even, where does our hope rest? Where in the middle of the wreckage do we find something to hold onto?
God is unchanging. His purpose never fails. His faithfulness never stops. The strong hope we must cling to is He’s never given up on you. He never will. He has not forgotten your labor of which you have worked tirelessly toward. He has not forgotten your sacrifice and difficulty. He has not forgotten the commitment you’ve had as you’ve stood alone within it possibly. He is unchanging. He never fails. His faithfulness never stops.
And it is this truth that becomes an anchor for our soul. It is what we must be sunk deeply into when the water mines come, the waves crash against, the unexpected storms arise. The rougher the waters, the more important your anchor. Drop deep into Jesus. Secure yourself once again toward the Truths of who He is not what you see at the moment.
Hebrews 6 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Here we go.
You want to start a heated debate among your Christian friends? Look no further than Hebrews 6. It all centers around the question of whether or not someone can lose their Salvation… or does it? Unfortunately, many people have used these verses out of context to defend all kinds of bizarre theological ideas.
For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit, 5 tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age, 6 and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt.Hebrews 6:4-6 HCSB
It is critical to understand how the author of Hebrews sets up this passage. The entire section (v. 1-12) deals with maturity. The first three verses are encouraging Jewish believers not to backslide into their Jewish rituals as the source of their Salvation. Since Christianity was birthed from Judaism, it was tempting for Jewish Christians to go back to their old rules and rituals.
So, in my opinion, the context here does not apply to someone losing their Salvation. In fact, someone who uses this passage to justify that belief would then have to also admit that it could never again be obtained since the author writes “it is impossible…”
“This difficult passage is best understood in the context of Heb 6:1-2. The writer to the Hebrews means that if they do retreat back to Judaism, all the religious “repentance” in the world will do them no good. Their forsaking of Jesus is tantamount to crucifying Him all over again, especially if they were to express their repentance in traditional Jewish forms: especially animal sacrifice, which denies the total work of Jesus for them on the cross.”David Guzik
So, for the Jewish believers who retreated back to their Judaism, it is impossible for them to experience true repentence through such an act. Repentance is only found in Jesus. And ultimately, this comes back to spiritual maturity.
“Most likely, the passage concerns true believers in Jesus, who are Jewish, and under persecution are tempted to mesh in with the Jewish religion and its rituals from which they had been freed in Christ. Rather than speaking of a loss of justification, it refers to failure to grow further into maturity. The believer who is tempted in “falling to the side,” as the Greek better translates, after making much progress in the Christian walk as evidenced by the characteristics of Christian growth found in verses Heb 6:4 and Heb 6:5 and have subsequently fallen (not from Christ but in the Christian race) place themselves in danger of being stagnated in Christian growth.”Nelson’s Commentary
Even though this is referencing Jewish believers, it is still a strong word for us today. When we look to church rituals in order to save us, we will become stagnant. Church attendance will not save us. Good deeds will not save us. Belief in God will not save us. Think about it. If all of us just stopped at “I believe in God and that’s enough,” how would we ever grow?
Paul referred to this as “the unsearchable riches of Christ” in Ephesians 3. There are so many people today who say they are “spiritual” and say they “believe” but the true test always comes back to Jesus Christ. To share in His sufferings is the supreme act of obedience and maturity. This is part of how we begin to know Him and share in His resurrection power. It is through His love that we find the strength to persevere.