Welcome, friends, to week 6 of the Hebrews Bible Study. Feel free to hop in any time; we’re so glad to have you!
Last week, we covered two main points – two to focus on, instead of the usual three-to-four.
*Jesus is our representative before God – and He gets us, because He Himself was human.
*Jesus is the source of eternal salvation. No one else.
And our weekly takeaway: “We are redeemed by Jesus – our mediator, our brother, our Savior.”
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Let us move onto maturity. Let us move away from just the basic and elementary teachings about God existing, the Old Testament Law, and repetitive repentance. There is so much more to grow in. (Hebrews 6:1-2)
Of course I could go deeper into this. I could talk all about the Law and the basic doctrines of our faith – but seriously, these aren’t what we need to be focusing on.
We already know that God exists. We know that we’re sinners, and that on our own, we can never measure up to God’s standard of holy perfection.
But no longer do we need to dwell on our inadequacies – because it is through Jesus that we are counted right before God.
No longer do we have to worry about our performance and penance to save us – because we are saved by grace.
And grace is enough.
Instead of dwelling on those things that have already been dealt with at the cross, we are to grow in grace. To get to know God and have the relationship that He desires to have with us. To live in freedom.
To go on to maturity.
God’s promises stand forever. (Hebrews 6:17-18)
All these promises in the Bible that are made to us – they’re the real deal. Verses 13 through 18 shed light on such an intriguing perspective – they show us that people usually make promises through swearing by something greater than themselves.
And yet there is no one greater than God.
And because God cannot lie, His promises are trustworthy and true – and we can know that because He does not lie, we can rely on Him to speak only what is right.
And isn’t that an incredible assurance?
We might have to wait for what feels like forever to receive what God has promised us. We might start to lose hope that what He’s said to us will actually happen.
Yet, when God makes a promise, He keeps it – and that’s something we can count on.
Jesus is our hope – the One who represents us before God in the Holy of Holies. (Hebrews 6:19-20)
He goes before God for us – He atones for our sin – He shepherds our souls.
As no one else could, He paid for our sin and called us blameless before God – and that is who we are.
Verse 19 begins with, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…” meaning that this fact is unchanging. We are forgiven. We are free. We are holy because of Jesus.
And He is our reason for hope.
* Let us move onto maturity; there is so much more for us to grow in.
* God’s promises stand forever.
* Jesus is our hope – the One who represents us before God in the Holy of Holies.
In short? Our true hope is in Jesus alone – in what He’s done, and in the work He does in our lives each day.
Questions of the Week:
- What’s one elementary doctrine that we should leave behind today?
- What’s a promise from anywhere in the Bible that stands out to you?
- In what ways does the culture promise hope, and how can we find authentic hope?