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Moving Out or Moving Up? (Hebrews 6)

March 13, 2013 by Pito

The fact is, the church is made up of wheat and chaff and trying to divide them before the consummation can hurt the wheat. While the elect can never fall from grace, men and women in the church, men and women in covenant with God, men and women who have tasted of the Holy Spirit, men and women who have been baptized into His body, can and do fall away. This is what the writer of Hebrews is telling us for our own progress in salvation.

His warnings are not hypothetical. Real people in real covenant with God commit real apostasy, in the New Testament as well as the Old Testament. This means that the New Covenant, like the Old Covenant, has sanctions, real sanctions, more terrible sanctions because rejection of Christ is a greater sin than rejection of the Mosaic Covenant. Apostates in the church are sinning against greater knowledge, greater Grace and the Person of Christ, God incarnate.

It is an error to identify the New Covenant as the elect, but this is what so many in churches today do. This hurts the wheat by encouraging pride in them and by robbing them of sober Biblical admonishment.

After his genuine and fearful warning, our author seeks to encourage us with the things that accompany salvation; full assurance of hope to the end, faithful and patient inheritance of the promises, the unchangeable nature of God’s intent to save, strong encouragement for heirs of this hope and an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast.

Covenant members with a true faith are not left to twist in the wind. Along with real warnings is the real grace of God which is able to keep us from falling.

The power we need to persevere comes from His broken body and His shed blood. Our watchword this morning is never “We are able” but “He is able. God is able. Christ is able.” Able to succor the tempted, able to save to the uttermost, able to support you and keep you from falling, able to subdue all things unto Himself, able to secure you in death’s darkest hour, able to raise you up to feast with Him in heavenly places. “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

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