11/09

November 9

Hebrews 6

Our spiritual condition is a matter that needs tending, similar to how we maintain physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. In chapter 5:11 the recipients of this letter were said to ‘HAVE BECOME dull of hearing” in reference to spiritual things. Then in 5:12-14 they are said to be spiritually immature. This leads us into chapter 6 where the writer mentions basic doctrine, their foundation, that needs to be built upon. As a teacher, the writer says, “And this we will do if God permits.” As a pastor, I can say that it is the Holy Spirit that we lean on for the topics we teach. Often we would like to go another direction; but the church family we serve belongs to God, and God knows what is best for the church as a whole.

Then the writer gives the only New Testament Scripture that speaks of the possibility of one losing their salvation. In verse 9, the writer says, “But beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation. For more information, read my article, “Can A Person Lose Their Salvation” on growchurches.com.

The writer then writes on the infallible purpose in Christ, saying, that because God, who cannot lie, has given us His oath and a better covenant, we have hope for our salvation through Jesus.

Jeremiah 51-52

To live in the life-giving flow of God, choose to live according to the principles of God’s kingdom, which are often opposite of the principles of the world’s kingdom. In the last two chapters of Jeremiah, we read about the fall of Babylon in 51 and a historical account of the captivity of the Jews in chapter 52. Babylon was an instrument used by God to bring about punishment on the Hebrews for their sin; however, they were also guilty of pride, or self-sufficiency, resulting in their judgment as well. Babylon is also a type and shadow of the Babylon we read about in Revelation, representative of the earthly kingdom of this world, a kingdom at odds with the kingdom of our God. Learn to surrender to Jesus as your King, and you will do well.

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