I’m writing almost this entire week in one morning.
“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, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. 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, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:1–12, KJV)
We are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation.
I spoke on this for three days – if you are truly saved, there should be some evidence of it in your life.
Where people get it wrong is they focus on other Christians and despair. “I can’t measure up to what John Smith does”, etc.
Look, it’s like any endeavor. There’s always other people who strive well, and who can accomplish many things. There’s always a top dog, so to speak.
That’s not how you measure it.
Did you worry about God’s approval before you were saved? Did you worry about God’s will for your life? Did you worry about having a proper understanding of the Bible and doctrine?
Are you worried about these things now?
That’s a good sign!
“I was a Christian for years, and I felt an urging finally to repent. Now, I’m wondering if I should get baptized again?” This was an actual question I was asked. At first, my answer was, “No.” Until they said this…
“It seemed like I couldn’t understand the Bible before, but now it’s like I really understand it!”
Change my answer. “Yes. Get baptized. You got wet before, but it wasn’t a baptism.”
Why? The repentance they thought was just a recommittal was not. It was salvation.
You’re still going to struggle with sin. Oh, boy, will you. But that will end when you leave this realm.
Paul, after terrifying his listeners for six chapters, now reassures them he believes they are saved, and will not leave the faith.
We’ve turned a corner in Hebrews. Now, we will go on to completeness, to perfection. Here’s where Hebrews REALLY starts getting good!