Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 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. The plural is general, the owners whoever they may be; here God. i. resurrection, &c.--held already by the Jews from the Old Testament: confirmed with clearer light in Christian teaching or "doctrine." leaving--getting further forward than the elementary "principles." put him to an open shame--literally, "make a public example of" Him, as if He were a malefactor suspended on a tree. unto the end--the coming of Christ. 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. 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. 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. 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. . 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. 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 ). so as to enable us, after Him. By their love he sharpens their hope and faith. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for his appearance, when we shall certainly appear with him in glory. to lie--"ever to lie"; this is the force of the Greek aorist [ALFORD]. 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. Let us watch with humble caution and prayer as to ourselves. . Note the other uses of impossible in Hebrews: It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Thus the triad of privileges answers to the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Spirit, in their respective works toward us. The Montanists and Novatians used this passage to justify the lasting exclusion from the Church of those who had once lapsed. 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." 1 So we must go on from the first lessons that we learned about Christ. ye have showed--(Compare Hebrews 10:32-34 ). And the things that accompany salvation, are better things than ever any dissembler or apostate enjoyed. . Christ's ascension is our promotion: and whither the glory of the Head has preceded. tasted of the heavenly gift--tasted for themselves. So in Hebrews 10:29 , "trodden under foot the Son of God, and counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith . Hebrews 6:4-6. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 6:1-8 Every part of the truth and will of God should be set before all who profess the gospel, and be urged on their hearts and consciences. 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. 8:28-39). The impossibility rests in their having known in themselves once the power of Christ's sacrifice, and yet now rejecting it; there cannot possibly be any new means devised for their renewal afresh, and the means provided by God's love they now, after experience of them, deliberately .and continuously reject; their conscience being served, and they "twice dead" ( Jude 1:12 ), are now past hope, except by a miracle of God's grace. 13. the principles of the doctrine--Greek, "the word of the beginning," that is, the discussion of the "first principles of Christianity ( Hebrews 5:12 ). . We must "go on toward perfection"; for if we fall away, after having received enlightenment, it will be … Hebrews 6:4-6, is the section often in question. (11-20). "For it is better to make you afraid with words, that ye may not suffer in fact.". "Hope, entering within heaven, hath made us already to be in the things promised to us, even while we are still below. veil--Greek, "catapetasma": the second veil which shut in the Holiest Place. Compare Romans 15:14 , "I myself am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye are full of goodness." The elect abide in Christ, hear and continuously obey His voice, and do not fall away. The sin against the Holy Ghost, though somewhat similar, is not identical with this sin; for that sin may be committed by those outside the Church (as in Matthew 12:24 Matthew 12:31 Matthew 12:32 ); this, only by those inside. (9,10) And encourages them to persevere in faith and holiness. We should not go back to those first lessons again and again. meet--fit. "This," that is, "Go on unto perfection." Such as the master of the soil wishes. Hebrews 4:6. By faith, Christians make the world to come a present reality, though but a foretaste of the perfect future. 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. It is sure and stedfast, or it could not keep us so. Study the bible online using commentary on Hebrews 6 and more! and fastens on them. 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. He will not become slothful who keeps always the end in view; hope is the means of ensuring this. . We should ourselves beware, and caution others, of every approach near to a gulf so awful as apostacy; yet in doing this we should keep close to the word of God, and be careful not to wound and terrify the weak, or discourage the fallen and penitent. briers--Greek, "thistles." Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. [BENGEL]. 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. The writer now, in Hebrews 4:6-9, gathers up the argument, and reaches his conclusion that a Sabbatism remains for God’s people. The language of fatherly affection, rather than command. 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. The heart of man is the earth; man is the dresser; herbs are brought forth meet, not for the dresser, by whom, but for God, the owner of the soil, for whom it is dressed. 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 6:9-11. This is exactly in St. Paul’s manner of softening the harsh things he found himself obliged to write. from God--Man's use of means is vain unless God bless ( 1 Corinthians 3:6 1 Corinthians 3:7 ). . The argument here refers to Abraham himself as an example; therefore Paul quotes Genesis 22:17 , "thee," instead of "thy seed.". These verses mean exactly what they say. Bezer, that is, a fortress, Christ is so to all who trust in Him. 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. 1. and heavenly goods. as to make those that are earthly to become heavenly." 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. The ground is not yet actually cursed. Compare "the full assurance of faith," Hebrews 10:22 , Romans 4:21 , 1 Thessalonians 1:5 . A person who has been justified can fall away, just as verse 6 says. This passage probably originated the application of the term "illumination" to baptism in subsequent times. 10 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. At the same time it does not limit God's grace, as if it were "impossible" for God to reclaim even such a hardened rebel so as yet to look on Him whom he has pierced. 7. the earth--rather as Greek (no article), "land." 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. . Contrast God's curse causing unfruitfulness ( Genesis 3:17 Genesis 3:18 ); also spiritually ( Jeremiah 17:5-8 ). ii. His word would have been amply enough; but, to make assurance doubly sure, He "interposed with an oath" (so the Greek). we are persuaded--on good grounds; the result of proof. But, beloved — In this one place he calls them so. 18. immutable--Translate, as in Hebrews 6:17 , "unchangeable." to the Holy of Holies. Hebrews 6:10, ESV: "For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do." for those--"in the case of those." 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 ). First, many biblical texts teach that true believers cannot be lost (John 6:39-40; 10:27-30; Rom. We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. But the falling away here mentioned, is an open and avowed renouncing of Christ, from enmity of heart against him, his cause, and people, by men approving in their minds the deeds of his murderers, and all this after they have received the knowledge of the truth, and tasted some of its comforts. perfection--the matured knowledge of those who are "of full age" ( Hebrews 5:14 ) in Christian attainments. sanctified, an unholy thing." 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 . as God, He needed to enter there, but as our High Priest, representing and introducing us, His followers, opening the way to us, by His intercession with the Father. if God permit--For even in the case of good resolutions, we cannot carry them into effect, save through God "working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure" ( Philippians 2:13 ). Such a one was never truly a Spirit-led disciple of Christ ( Romans 8:14-17 ). "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.' Resources » Commentaries » Hebrews » Chapter 6 » exegesis. See above. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. The rain of heaven falls both on the elect and the apostates. The excellence of … 4. 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. 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 ). 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 ). which drinketh in--Greek, "which has drunk in"; not merely receiving it on the surface. of Hence, too, he mentions "faith toward God," and not explicitly faith toward Christ (though of course included). more abundantly--than had He not sworn. "Every one of them," even those diligent in acts of LOVE ( Hebrews 6:10 ), needed to be stimulated to persevere in the same diligence with a view to the full assurance of HOPE unto the end. eternal judgment--judgment fraught with eternal consequences either of joy or of woe. The first-fruits of our nature are ascended, and so the rest is sanctified. Jewish believers passed, by an easy transition, from Jewish baptismal purifications ( Hebrews 9:10 , "washings"), baptism of proselytes, and John's baptism, and legal imposition of hands, to their Christian analogues, baptism, and the subsequent laying on of hands, accompanied by the gift of the Holy Ghost (compare Hebrews 6:4 ). And this fruitful field or garden receives the blessing. (4) For it is impossible for those . patience--Greek, "long-suffering endurance." 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. 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