Warning Against Falling Away HEBREWS 5:11-6:6

Hebrews 5:7-14

7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
"Maturity starts with a decision; a decision to make our growth in Christ a Priority. while we are saved by faith and not by works, our growth in faith requires us to be involved in the process" David Jeremiah

The subject matter, says the writer, is difficult to explain, not because of the writer’s lack of skill, but because of the readers’ inability to comprehend.

What does, "“You are slow to learn" mean?

What is the author implying when he says, “By this time you ought to be teachers?”

V. 13 The Christian occupied with elementary truths is spiritually “still an infant” and must be treated as such. He is “unskilled in the word of righteousness” to take a translation a little more literal the Greek apeiros means “without experience of” and so comes to mean “unskilled.”

V. 14 Mature people need solid food. It is not easy to find a good equivalent for hexis in this place (NIV, “constant use”). The difficulty is that, apart from this passage, hexis seems to denote the quality that results from training, not the training itself (“not the process but the result, the condition which has been produced by past exercise and not the separate acts following one on another”.

The writer calls adults mature people. Their mental and spiritual training is perpetually put to use when they distinguish between good and evil.

Hebrews 6:1-6

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so. 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

The author does not explain the “elementary teachings about Christ” but merely outlines them.
A. Foundation of 1. repentance 2. faith in God
B. Instruction about 1. baptisms 2. laying on of hands 3. resurrection of the dead 4. eternal judgment

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