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Can a Christian Lose Salvation? (6 of 11)
INTRODUCTION: As I said last week we skipped over Hebrews 6 in order to keep the Melchizedek material together. This week we are going to go back and cover chapter 6.
Here's what's going on - the writer brings up Melchizedek and begins to connect the dots between him and Christ. Then he says something interesting.
TEXT: Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)
11 About this (Melchizedek) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers,
Some of these readers had professed christianity for several years and still couldn't teach others the basics of Christian doctrine. In fact, they were in need of being retaught constantly.
12b. you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,
Basic Principles is simply who Jesus is and what he has done in order to save us - that's milk... that's what we get when we are first birthed into the Kingdom.
Now a diet of milk is good if you are a baby, but if you are 14 and all you get is milk... that's a problem. There comes a time when you stop cutting up the hot dog for junior and say, ''son learn to use a fork''.
13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Solid food is what he felt that he might not be able to give them... namely the truth about Melchizedek and how he related to Christ.
So note that the author isn't wanting us to necessarily move away from Christ and the Gospel, but rather to press deeper into it.
You can almost hear the frustration in his voice... over the next chapter (chapter 6) he vents a little. He expresses his frustration over their immaturity.
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