Growing Up and Working Out

Hebrews 6:1  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,

Paul’s words of encouragement are 2000 years old but still have great effect today, and such is the eternal Word of God, ancient yet current. In Hebrews 6, we find these words of encouragement to some immature believers who were in danger—the danger of turning back to their traditional Judaism.  The pressure from their peers and also from religious leaders must have been almost unbearable and relentless.

Satan does not give up in his attempts to drive a wedge between God’s ways. Satan goes from one target to another target until he has diabolically done his dastardly dirty work and defiled many.  Saint of God, beware, there will always be those who try to pull you away from the things of God.  Christ loved and still loves the church, his body, his bride, and his building.  Beware of those who hate the body of Christ and use socializing  and tradition  to pull the immature away.  The “be in our group” idea is schismatic and non-Biblical creating division in the body of Christ.  The Judaizers of Paul’s day were doing just that to some immature Jewish believers in the church.

Most of the church epistles were written to a mixture of Gentiles and Jews, but Hebrews was written to Jews who were under great pressure to return to their former social life and traditional religion. Some had already forsaken the assembly of believers (10:25).  Some were shaken in their new found faith in Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life.  It is to those waffling ones that Paul writes. Here are some of his words of encouragement to them.

Vs. 9 of chapter 6 says, “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.”

Vs. 10 of chapter 6 says, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shown toward his name in that ye have ministered to the saints , and do minister.”

Here’s how Paul encouraged these Jewish believers in their faith.

#1 Beloved—He loved them. Prov. 10:12  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but  love  covereth all sins. Real divine love does not stir up but calms down. Paul’s warnings are not unlovable but an attempt to calm these unsettled folks.

#2 Work and Labour of Love—They had some kind of work that they were doing that was of real divine love.  They were doing what they were doing for the sake of Christ and not for their own advancement. I Corinthians 13: 5 “…charity….seeketh not her own.” What are we working for?  Is it his name?  That’s what these immature believers were doing—a work for his name.

#3 Work was a Continuing Ministry to the Saints Again from I Corinthians, “charity…rejoiceth…beareth…believeth..hopeth…endureth.” These actions speak very loudly. These immature Hebrew Christian had some ministry to the saints that was based in agape divine love. May we as well have the Love of God for others, a labor of love for his name, and a continuing ministry of enduring love?