"Faith" in The Book of Hebrews (continued):
The writer of Hebrews then refers to faith again in chapter 6. He
begins by talking about the elementary doctrines (the basic or most simple
doctrines) of Christ:
"Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press
on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and
of faith toward God,
2 of instruction about washings, and
laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment."
In chapter 6, the writer refers to the elementary (or foundational) teachings
about Jesus. This foundation includes:
- Repentance from dead works (verse 1) - repentance means to change your
heart and mind to turn away from sin.
- Faith toward God (verse 1)
- Instruction about (verse 2)
In verses 3-12, the writer talks about those who fall away or are sluggish
toward these foundational principles. Faith causes us to be diligent (not
sluggish) so as to realize the full assurance of hope:
"And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the
full assurance of hope until the end,
that you may not
be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the
promises." Hebrews 6:11-12
The Certainty of God's Promise...and the Faith of
For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one
greater, He swore by Himself,
saying, "I will surely
bless you, and I will surely multiply you."
thus, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.
For men swear by one greater than themselves and with them an oath given as
confirmation is an end of every dispute.
same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the
unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to
lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying
hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have
as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters
within the veil,
where Jesus has entered as a
forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of
Melchizedek." Hebrews 6:13-20
According to Hebrews 6:11, the desire is for us to
show the "same __________ so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the
end...imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." (fill
in the blank)