Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hebrews 6

I read through Hebrews 6 today, read through several different translations as I usually do when studying. The different translations give me a complete understanding of word usage and meaning.

Hebrews 6 has a lot to it, but the 4 points that I could sum up from this chapter are:

#1 - Don't be content by remaining in the "milk" of the word. Once you have learned the basics it's time to be challenged by God, it's time to move to the next levels and a deeper relationship with Christ. It's great to hear of and understand the basic tenets of Christianity... baptism, resurrection, eternal judgment. There's so much more to the Bible than knowing of the death of Christ. Let God show you... invest the time to learn and study.

#2 - I'll let the translation from The Message speak for itself on this one... Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they've personally experienced the sheer goodness of God's Word and the powers breaking in on us—if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can't start over as if nothing happened. That's impossible. Why, they've re-crucified Jesus! They've repudiated him in public! (Hebrews 6:4-8)

#3 - When God makes promises it is impossible for Him to break them. When He promised Abraham that He would bless him with everything... He swore this on his own name. God's word is unchangeable... therefore, so are His promises.

#4 - Because God's Word and His promises are unchangeable, we who are Believers can take refuge in Him with courage...

Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence. This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God's inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest... (Hebrews 6:18-20)

When I read these last few verses of Hebrews 6, I was moved by the words. The picture of these verses is magnificently beautiful...

We flee to our Lord, our refuge, with complete courage... no doubt... because we know that His promises are unchangeable... and because of this we are completely confident in our God. This confidence is the anchor for our lives... one that is strong and trustworthy. We never have to worry about whether that anchor is going to hold, even in the strongest of storms. The confidence we have in our anchor, our Savior, is what takes us straight to God's throne room, where Jesus sits at the right hand of God... always in intercession for us.

"Abba, Father. I know that my priorities have been out of order these past weeks... from baseball, to work, to fun. I have put you at the end of the list too many days. Thank you for calling my heart to your side today. Thank you for bringing me into your throne room during my worship with you today. Thank you for always meeting me."

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