- Hebrews 6:6-10
- Heb 6:6 (KJB)
- If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing
they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an
- If they shall fall away
- This phrase should be translated “and having fallen away.” It is an
Aorist tense which means the action happened in the past and continues for
an undetermined amount of time. This word is used once in the New Testament
and it carries with it the meaning of willful and deliberate. The word
“Parapipto” also means to “commit apostasy.” These people are falling away
not because they have fallen into sin, but because they are still willful
sinners. How many unbelievers go to church on Sunday morning, and continue
in their sins right after they leave church? All of them, because if they
have not been regenerated by God, then they are still fallen away or
- to renew them again unto repentance
- The term “renew” carries with it the meaning of “restoring to a former
condition.” This is the only time this word is used in the New Testament.
The group in view here are unbelievers. The term “repentance” is only used
in connection with those who are saved. Repentance is something that is done
as a result of salvation and not prior to salvation. Here we are reading
that it is impossible to renew them to repentance. Even those who believe
the Arminian error believe a person can get their salvation back. Those who
proclaim the Doctrines of Grace believe you cannot lose your salvation. So
what we have in view is that those who are in willful sin cannot come into
salvation by themselves through repentance, unless God saves them first.
Until then, when the unbeliever is under the hearing of the gospel and that
proclamation is finished, they are then returned from experiencing spiritual
things to their former condition which is sin. The difference is when they
were in church, they were religious sinners. Outside of the hearing of the
gospel, they are just plain unregenerate sinners. One other thing, if they
are not God’s elect, then they can never come into salvation.
- seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to
an open shame.
- Here is the unbeliever’s only respect for Jesus. If they could crucify
Him again and put Him to open shame again, they would. The unbeliever does
not show any reverence or respect for the Lord Jesus instead they show
contempt. When they sit in church and hear the hymns being sung or the organ
being played, they experience a spiritual euphoria. When the preacher begins
to expound the Scriptures and teaches that Christ wants total commitment
even unto death, that is when unbelief draws the line. When Jesus is taught
that he loves everyone that doctrine is palatable to the unbeliever. When
Jesus is being taught that He does not love everyone, and everyone outside
of salvation is going to hell, then that is where unbelief draws the line.
This closing section seals the fact that these three verses are not dealing
with those who have lost their salvation, but for those who are still living
in an unregenerate state.
- Heb 6:7 (KJB)
- For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing
- The parable of the sower is probably in view here and in the next verse
as we see principles of agriculture. (Matthew 13:18-23) This verse is
teaching us that the rain which comes down to the earth and goes into the
earth nourishes the plants of them who have planted the vineyard. This is
considered a blessing from God when there is an abundance of herbs. This is
akin to those who hear the Gospel, become saved, and are nourished by the
Water of the Word so that they continue to grow in the faith. Remember in
the last chapter, the writer was speaking of those who were too immature for
strong meat. Here he speaks about the water of the Word growing a Christian
to be able to take strong meat.
- Heb 6:8 (KJB)
- But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected,
and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
- Briers - Thistle
- Rejected - Unworthy or disqualified
- The other side of the parable are those plants which do not bear any
fruits. What is mentioned here are thorns and thistles. A thistle is a very
thorny plant with a nicely colored flower on top. In a vineyard, thistles
and other thorn bearing plants are rejected because they tend to take up the
nourishment from the other plants and therefore they are to be rejected
because of their unworthiness. The problem with a thistle plant is that the
flower on top makes it look pretty but if you grab the plant, you will be
screaming from the thorns on it. It is like someone who claims to be saved,
they will have the flower of salvation on them but inwardly they will be
like the thistle plant with all its thorns. Let us go back to the Old
Testament for a moment and look at what thorns represent.
- (Josh 23:13 KJV) Know for a certainty that
the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from
before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in
your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off
this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
- (Judg 2:3 KJV) Wherefore I also said, I
will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as
thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a
snare unto you.
- In Joshua 23:13 and Judges 2:3 we read about the unbelievers, the
Canaanites would be thorns in the flesh of the Israelites if they did not
drive them out of the land. Unfortunately they did not drive them out and
they harassed the Israelites. This is the picture of what is in view in Heb
6:9. This is why those plants (unbelievers) with the thorns must be pulled
out or they could infect all the good plants. The writer to the Hebrews is
making that distinction because he knows there are those who want to bring
the true believer back under the Mosaic law and those are the thorny plants
which will try to choke the good plants. If there is no separation of the
two groups, an amalgamation could take place and infect all the believers.
This same scenario is in the churches today. Those who bring in false
gospels are welcomed with open arms and those who bring the truth are
normally escorted out. The thorns in the churches need to be pulled up and
removed from the vineyard of the good plants. Churches which fail to do this
will pay a dear price for their laxity.
- Heb 6:9 (KJB)
- But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things
that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
- Persuaded - Convinced
- The writer to the Hebrews is making it clear that he was addressing the
unbelievers in the previous section as he states in verse 9, that “we are
persuaded better things of you.” He is showing the distinction
between the two groups. The group in verse 9 is associated with the things
that accompany salvation and the group in verses 4-6 are associated with the
things that accompany “religious unbelief.”
- As we looked at these passages, there was absolutely no intimation that
salvation was in view. The Holy Spirit was not indwelling these people but
the people were partaking. This was an action on their part, not God’s,
which means that salvation could not happen to this group unless God
initiated it. The group in view was definitely one of unbelieving apostates.
The language of those verses do not indicate in the least, that anyone in
view was ever previously saved.
- Heb 6:10 (KJB)
- For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister.
- Apparently there had been some Christians who felt that since they were
bringing the true Gospel and had ministered to the Saints, they were
forgotten by the church. The writer wants to assure his readers and us that
even though Christians or the church may forget about the work we do, or
even take it for granted, that God is not unrighteous, as man is, to forget
about all the works and the labor of love that a Christian has done in His
name in ministering to the Saints and also evangelizing the lost. He also
wants to encourage the Christian that the works which we do are not for the
purpose of self-promotion but must be to the Glory of God. The life of a
Christian does not just minister once or twice but is a continuous life of
ministry as the last three words in this verse read, “and do minister.”
These words are in the present tense which means a continuing life of
service. Even if we minister in the deep background and nobody even knows
our name, God does. You may work in a ministry in the area of the mailroom.
God sees that type of ministry as valuable and strategic as the one who
heads the ministry, so we must never be discouraged as to the type of
ministry we have because it is all part of God’s plan and purpose for us. We
are to remain faithful in whatever ministry we are given.