Walk in Truth Ministries
Dr. James Sutton II
Hebrews 6: 1-6 Moving on to Perfection (MATURITY)
(Heb 6:1) Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
(Heb 6:2) and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
(Heb 6:3) And this we will do if God permits.
(Heb 6:4) For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,
(Heb 6:5) and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,
(Heb 6:6) and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
We are now continuing in our analysis between a baby Christian and a mature Christian. We see at the end of Chapter 5 that the Holy Spirit wants us to become perfect. (Mature)
If the Holy Spirit through the Scripture describes one going into maturity, we must believe in its ability to achieve change. Even though the Holy Spirit produces energy to change, you have to have the desire of change and the faith in your changing. A lot of times contrary to belief, you cannot feel the Holy Spirit moving through natural perceptions. (John 3:8)
We need to always be conscious of the Holy Spirit moving in us, but its manifestation comes at its desired time. It is better for you to have faith in your future manifestation of maturity, than to fake maturity by acting like a baby, (loud and self-serving). We are moving on from outward act to an inward reality of change. The foundation of maturity in any Christian starts with REPENTANCE. Without repentance there is no way to establish a relationship with God. You begin to understand how good and holy God is and that your heart and works are dead before Him, this should lead you to repentance. (Romans 2:4) without repentance there is no relationship with God. Without repentance you cannot manifest the power, provision, perseverance, prayer, protection, and peace of God. Simply put your level of maturity should match your ability to set a strong foundation of repentance. Repentance is understanding the goodness of God as it relates to your sin and becoming convicted and overjoyed in his provision to save you from a deserving death through salvation. Manifesting an outward change through it, and changing your mind 180°. Becoming sensitive to all things that do not glorify God and uphold the character and dignity of his name. Most importantly you’re looking at yourself more than others. God is merciful and love His creation so much, that even after the fall He gave them a way to have a better relationship with him through repentance. (2 Chronicles 7:14, Luke 13:33, acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9, revelations 2:5).
In Hebrews 6:2-3 the writer is saying it’s time to grow up from the rituals and replace them with the reality of Jesus Christ which they represent. All that was cloaked in a shadow has now been manifested in Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 8:13) Let us look at a more practical application. (In the days of the Old Testament the only one that was allowed to open up the book where the clergy, prophets and priests. The population was 98% illiterate. Only those holding secular and religious positions of authority were allowed to talk or read. You had to totally depend upon the ability of your leaders. They didn’t know any other way, but once time and the progress of the Holy Spirit enlightened them more of the population began to read and write. Now you can read the Bible at any educational, social or ethnic background. There is nothing standing in the way between you and God’s word.) At this time in history the Holy Spirit has allowed us to be inundated with every opportunity to receive his word.
Not only do you have an advantage by seeing God in creation he is also supplied his word to you in the Bible. God is also given the church apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors-teachers to help interpret the word of God and grow you to maturity. Romans 1:20, says we are without excuse.
Maturity starts when we begin to examine ourselves whether we are in line with the faith to mature we must have a desire to leave the milk of our understanding and move on to mature me. Keep in mind while looking at yourself ask yourself have you become dull of hearing and callous of heart. Do you truly believe that God’s word is true and everything else is a lie. Do you view yourself and others as God said you are. What is your understanding of his holiness, do you reverence him and respect his character and authority over your life. There’s so much to talk about in becoming mature and perfect in Jesus Christ.
It’s homework time! Pick any passage and explain how you have matured in your understanding of it and how it benefits you in your daily life. (Dig Deep in your research, but be ready to articulate it in your all words!)