Hebrew 6:1-8: Part 3 of 5; the Catch

This is the second element of the exhortation we find in this passage for Christians to mature in their faith.

II. The Catch.

verse 3 says “And this we will do if God permits.”

The author of Hebrews has made a heartfelt and urgent plea to the Hebrew believers to leave their current state and go on to maturity. But, lest they turn back to their former, legalistic mindset under the old covenant, and attempt to further their maturity through reliance on their own strength, he reminds them, clearly and simply—they cannot do this without God.

There was a taste of this from verse 1 already. “Go on” or “move on” has a flavor of “being carried on” or “moved along in” by something or someone else. Like a kayak on a river the believer is carried on by God.

In Philippians 2:12-13 Paul commands:

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Just as it is God alone who justifies, so it is God alone who sanctifies and brings His redeemed into glory!

So what does knowledge of God’s sovereignty in our sanctification mean for us who believe? We have full assurance and full hope to mature! And we can humbly submit to growth knowing that it will be accomplished. What a sweet relief!!!

Brothers and sisters in Christ, our passion to press on and mature in our faith must be closely accompanied by the humble conviction that it is God who does the work in us to empower obedience to the calling of maturity. The gospel is clear—our faith rests on the work of Christ alone! We bring nothing that He has not already fully supplied in us!

And here we reach a turning point in the author’s call for maturity which we’ll look at it tommorrow.

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