Summary of Hebrews 5:11-6:3:
You (the people who are doubting whether to choose Christianity or Judaism) are slow to learn and need to be taught the elementary truths of God’s word again. You live on milk and thus are not acquainted with righteousness. Those on solid food are able to distinguish good from evil.
Let us go on to maturity in Christ’s teachings and truly understand the foundations of repentance from acts that lead to death, faith in God, baptisms, the laying of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 14, Day 3: Hebrews 5:11-6:3
6) Repentance and faith go together. Baptisms and laying on of hands go together. Resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment are paired together. When you have faith, you repent because you have a sense of guilt and wrong-doing. Baptism is an outward sign that you accept Jesus as your Savior. You will be judged eternally, and believers will be resurrected.
The point of this list is that these are elementary understandings of Christ. Having faith, confessing sins, going to heaven, etc. The writer wants us to go deeper than this.
7) By constantly studying God’s word and using it in life. By deeply desiring to know God and not being superficial in your prayer life, God life, Bible study, etc.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: Sin, indifference, apathy, temptuous thoughts.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 14, Day 3: Hebrews 5:11-6:3
This was a difficult passage for me to understand and put into practice. We need to fight every day to learn more about God, and not be complacent in our learnings.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 14, Day 3: Hebrews 5:11-6:3
The writer of Hebrews feared the discussion of Aaron and Melchizedek and Jesus would sound too academic and theoretical to his readers. At the same time, he recognized this said more about his dull hearers than it did about the message. It wasn’t that the message was too complicated; it was that the hearers were dull of hearing.
Hebrews is a book filled with warnings, and here we see the warning of the consequences of departing from Jesus.
Being dull of hearing is not a problem with the ears, but a problem with the heart. The hearer isn’t really interested in what God has to say.
Every Christian must be a teacher because we can all help disciple others. We really only master something after we have effectively taught it to someone else. Teaching is the final step of learning.
Milk corresponds to the first principles of Hebrews 6:12. Solid food is the “meatier” material such as understanding the connection between Jesus and Melchizedek. It isn’t that milk is bad; but these Christians should have added solid food to their diet. Peter reminds us all as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
There is nothing more irritating and depressing than someone who should be mature but who has become a babe.
Elementary principles: This has the idea of “rudiments” or “ABCs.” They are basic building blocks that are necessary, but must be built upon – otherwise has only a foundation and no structure.
The specific ancient Greek word here translated baptisms (baptismos) is not the word regularly used in the New Testament to describe Christian baptism (baptizo). Baptismos is the word used on three other specific instances to refer to Jewish ceremonial washings (Hebrews 9:10, Mark 7:4, and Mark 7:8).
“Part of the problem facing the Hebrews was the superficial similarity between the elementary tenets of Christianity and those of Judaism, which made it possible for Christian Jews to think they could hold on to both.” (Guthrie)
“If God permits” expresses the believers’ complete dependence on God. If we do press on to maturity, we realize that it only happens at God’s pleasure.