Archive for January 9th, 2018

Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6 has the writer talking about faith in Christ and the foundation of our hope.  He continues on the path that we need to mature in our knowledge and understanding as Christ Followers.  “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and  then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt”. Faith in Christ is an everlasting thing.  If we chose to walk away, it is nearly impossible to regain it again.

What we do with Jesus is one of the greatest questions we’ll ever answer.  He is the only way to eternal life.  There is no second path.  Yet some can’t make that jump from running their own life to letting Christ have the wheel.  When we receive Christ as Savior, we also take Him as Lord.  The two go hand in hand.  He comes into our life and produces good fruit if we let Him, but if we refuse to allow Him to be Lord of our life, we can quickly revert to our old ways and miss the power of His grace in our life.  “For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed,  and its end is to be burned”.  Blessing awaits us if we merely let Jesus do a work in us.

Good works don’t save us.  Only the shed blood of Christ can do that through a personal relationship with us.  But one of the outgrowths of receiving Him as Savior and Lord is that we will serve Him.  The writer reminds us “we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.  Blessing lies ahead if we cling to the Savior and follow Him as Lord.

Abraham is our example.  “And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise”.  He walked with God and received all that God had for him in God’s time.  Jesus is our rock and the source of blessing for our lives today.  “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever”.  Jesus is already interceding on our behalf.  He’s paid the price and provided us eternal life.  We simply need to receive His gift and walk in obedience with Him straight to eternity!

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