By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Is Hebrews 6:1 referring to growing in Christ or in Faith?
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.
Answer: YES it is.
The book of Hebrews is written to christians, therefore Chapter 6, Verse 1 is POINTING our focus towards in maturing in the faith.
Please consider the following…
-Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ.
The Doctrine of Christ is speaking of salvation, AFTER we are saved the child of God is to leave and advance beyond the starting line of salvation and not remain as babes spiritually.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby
-Let us go on unto perfection.
The word PERFECTION in the Greek is TELEIOSTES and it means MATURITY. The will of the Lord for the christian is to MATURE and the desired intent is for growth in the faith.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
– Not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.
Here again the SAME THOUGHT as it is in the beginning of Verse 1 is re – emphasized in another way stating the fact that there is no need to be saved all over again BECAUSE salvation is eternal, and, it is a one time event.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.
If our salvation it could be lost or taken away (which it can’t) as some believe and teach there would be a “Major Problem” BECAUSE Verse 4 – 6 says that it would be Impossible to re- gain it back.
Therefore in Verse 6 of Chapter 6 where it says… If they shall fall away is speaking of FALLING AWAY as in quiting or stopping in serving the Lord or doing his will, it is NOT about losing’s one’s salvation or having it taken away, that is why it further says… to renew them again unto repentance, WHY???, because salvation is a one time deal, the moment a person Trust Christ and his payment alone for their sins IT IS ETERNAL no need to be re-saved ever again. This is why it continues in V6 saying… seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
When a christian will not serve the Lord Jesus they really are ashamed of their saviour and their life makes a mockery out of Christ (put him in a open shame) in the eyes of the unsaved, hense the emphasis is on about the need for growth and to go unto maturity not to remain as infants spiritually.
Hebrews 5:12-14 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. (14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age (mature), even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH