This let Us' is I believe a water shed in the writers understanding which gives us a moment to, with a broad brush stroke to review our progress. The writer is emphasizing that we must go onto maturity for all the chapters up to the 6th chapter, point to the recipients of the letter still on the milk of the word.
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Heb 6:1-2 NIV
Hebrews 1 is about the supremacy of Christ Jesus. It paints a wonderful picture of how He is superior to the angels because of His redemptive work on the cross.
Hebrews 2 talks about the role of Christ in salvation. Jesus was briefly humbled and took on human form so he could taste death for everyone.
Hebrews 3 conveys the fact that Jesus is our faithful high priest who eternally resides over the house of God as a son. It shows His superiority to Moses and the covenant of the law.
Hebrews 4 offers true Sabbath rest for the people of God through faith in Christ.
Hebrews 5 shows Jesus as God's appointed High priest who became the source of eternal salvation for everyone who believes. He was subjected to the weakness of the flesh yet without sin.
The author repeatedly demonstrates Jesus Christ as preeminent over the angels; over Moses, over the Old Testament priesthood. The writer explains that the New Covenant is greater than the Old Covenant because Jesus was the perfect, permanent sacrifice, rather than the Old Testament sacrifices.
Yet for all this the readers were still immature in 'the Christ' for in the last few verses of chapter 5 v11-14 we read these blunt words.
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truthsof God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant,is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.But solid food is for the mature,who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. NIV
We need to go onto maturity. We have to leave behind the doctrines and rituals of our faith that God does not count as 'teaching about righteousness.' Far too many of us have the mindset that once we make a confession of following Jesus we have arrived. That we can settle down now that we have the passport to heaven.
Those of us who are dogmatic and unmoving on our pet doctrines and rituals are demonstrating that we are in Gods sight merely babes in the faith; who should have moved on. For such heated arguments on pre trib, post trib. or whatever time frame we are fiercely adamant about, and will not give an inch. I think you know what I mean. Free will vs. Calvinism; baptism in the spirit, speaking in tongues, and so on; that have ripped churches apart and caused angst and consternation on this site.
Let us leave these elementary discussions behind and move onto maturity. Which the writer describes as 'being taken forward to maturity.' The Greek word here is – pherō –meaning to be carried along by the wind.
This is a beautiful picture of Gods spirit blowing us along to maturity, but we have to put in the discipline, study, devotion and willingness to go on.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Heb 5:14 NIV
It saddens me to see Christians who have failed to put in the discipline and training along with the surrender of their will and rights and in so doing still cannot distinguish good from evil. Why are we so are occupied with doctrinal disputes and arguments on holiness behavior as if this is a mark of our growth and maturity in righteousness?
Yet there are Christians who appear to be absolutely unable to distinguish between what is truly spiritual as opposed to some fleshly presentation with soulish appeal. The latter has no real lasting effect and often no real basis in Scripture. Yet, multitudes of Christians apparently can be taken in by that kind of soulishness. Why? They have not learned to distinguish good from evil. The only remedy is to train ourselves by constant use, by practice and forming new habits and a renewed mind looking unto Jesus.
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance. the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, Heb 12:1-2 NIV
Advancing to maturity along the path of righteousness in which the light grows brighter day by day comes, in actual practice, by constant use - by training ourselves. It is not something we can take for granted, and it does not happen automatically. It requires our application. One of the earlier steps we covered was, Let us be diligent. By constant use we stay diligent to train ourselves to distinguish good from evil and in so doing we are carried along to perfection in Christ.
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A study in the epistle to the Hebrews is well worth the effort for any serious Christian and will reward us with wonderful wisdom and instruction. I was changed from a somewhat antagonistic view of Hebrews to a complete devotion to its truths. Thank you for your hard work in bringing out the truths of this most remarkable letter. God Bless, Phil
Enjoy the continued study. You remind of the blog the Lord led on in Milk vs. Meat. Looking at the three times in scripture milk and meat are used and compared, it becomes abundantly clear walking in the Spirit and His maturity is 'milk.' In so doing there is no need or desire for any continued argumentation, etc. Rather loving and and living life criticized in Christ. God takes care of the rest as we walk/live obediently.
I can only say that I agree.
may I say that I am learning so much through this study.