All Mixed Up Part 2 – Hebrews 6
Mixing scripture up causes confusion and God is not the author of confusion. So if you are being confused, know, it is not God confusing you.
As we said last time in All Mixed Up, the four Gospels were presenting Jesus Christ to Israel, Jews, as their long awaited Messiah / Saviour. But religious leaders called Pharisees falsely convinced many, Jesus was not their Messiah and they crucified Jesus. Had Israel received Jesus Christ as their Messiah / Saviour, the Kingdom of Heaven would have come in. Gentiles would not have been saved. But because Israel rejected Jesus, God sends salvation to the Gentiles. As we said the following last time:
But Israel rejected Jesus. The Pharisees, religious leaders, led many astray and they rejected Jesus. So God did not reject Israel and God has not replaced Israel, but God called a Jew named Saul, changed his name to Paul and says, go now to the Gentiles and offer them salvation through Jesus Christ. This is called in scripture, the time of the Gentiles. Why did God now allow Gentiles to get saved? To provoke Israel to jealousy not abandon or replace Israel as some teach. Just read Romans chapters 9, 10 and 11.
After the Gospels we have the transition to the Gentiles. That transition is recorded in the book of Acts. The writer of the book of Acts is clearly Luke. The same Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke. And Luke was a friend to Paul (see Colossians 4:14).
In the book of Acts we see God shift from the apostles and God introduces Saul, see Acts 7:51 thru Acts 8. Saul gets saved in Acts 9. God mentions Peter and the disciples and then – God changes Saul’s name from a Jewish name to a Gentile type name Paul in Acts 13 and calls Paul to the Gentiles.
Paul, a Jew, God called and sent to Gentiles to offer Gentiles salvation through Jesus Christ. Gentiles were considered dogs and Gentile ways were not “kosher” shall we say. But knowing Paul from scripture, he was a Pharisee a religious leader of Jews before God really got a hold of him. Paul had a love for Israel and for his Jewish brethren. But knowing God called him to the Gentiles, he willingly went.
Paul writes 14 books of the New Testament. Thirteen of these books are written to Gentiles. The 14th book Paul wrote to Jews, Hebrews. What better person could God have sent not only to the Gentiles but also writing a book to Jews. God chose someone who was a Pharisee. Someone who knew the scriptures. He spent his life learning and studying scripture. Paul knew the law. But God revealed a “better” testament a better covenant (see Hebrews 7:22 & 8:6) to Paul and Paul shared it with the Gentiles. Then Paul shared it lastly, with his Hebrew brethren by writing the book of Hebrews. The title of the book of Hebrews ” The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Hebrews “.
I have said many times in these posts, I ask God questions and he always has manifested truth to me. When you look at Paul’s first 13 books to the church (made up of Jews & Gentile believers) not once does Paul say or indicate a true believer can loose their salvation in Christ. To the contrary, Paul even said someone, a believer, who was involved with incest, should be delivered to Satan. Why?
1 Corinthians 5:5 KJV “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
Paul makes it clear, true believers are “sealed ” with that Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 KJV “In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
So when believers, true believers, read the book of Hebrews, why do they think they can loose their salvation? This is example number two as mentioned at the end of All Mixed Up. Paul loved his Hebrew brethren and as a Jew, he tried to explain Jesus is the Messiah the one they were waiting for. Paul goes into Old Testament verses and explains how Jesus is the High Priest.
Many Christians read Hebrews 6 and think it says you can loose your salvation. That is not what Paul is saying to Christians. Paul is explaining to who, Hebrews. Paul starts Hebrews 6 with the words ” leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ” meaning the following text has nothing to do with the doctrine.
Clearly Paul explains to Hebrews, if you have known the truth (been enlightened verse 4) another words saw, you were with believers who the Holy Ghost used mightily, and you turn away, it is like impossible to get you to start “afresh”.
It is like saying, you have this friend who sees God answer your prayers, God bless you, God prosper you, God heal and the mighty works of God through you and after your friend sees all this, understands the gospel, knows the truth but never received was enlightened – for that friend to walk away, it is impossible to get that friend to start over, afresh.
These verses have nothing to do with the church. Nothing to do with the Bride of Christ. These verses are to unsaved Hebrews. Paul explains this and mentions salvation for the first time in that chapter in verse 9. After his previous comments to who? Hebrews.
The book of Hebrews has great spiritual applications and explains things pointed out in the Old Testament. But the book of Hebrews was not written to the church, Romans through Philemon were written to the church. The rest of the New Testament books (and Old Testment) explains things to us, explain how God works, God’s personality, the future through prophecy, the Great Tribulation, how God still loves and works with Israel and many other things. But we do not apply every word to this age of grace.
The scriptures, all 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, profit us. They correct us, instruct us, they make us wise unto salvation and we learn doctrine. The doctrine of the law from the Old Testament is not the doctrine of the Bride of Christ, Jews & Gentiles as one in Christ. The doctrine of the apostles is not the doctrine of the Bride of Christ and even Peter recognized that when he referenced Paul’s teachings in 2 Peter 3: 15, 16 saying some of Paul’s teachings are “hard to be understood”. Peter was a Jew called to Jews. Peter did not understand some things God gave Paul.
Friends, it is impossible for God to lie and believers in this age of grace, the Church Age, are sealed by God the Holy Ghost. The book of Hebrews is written to Hebrews. We glean spiritually from the book of Hebrews. As we said, spiritual application has nothing to do with the flesh. Spiritual application helps our mind and spirit man. Hebrews teaches us and helps our mind and spirit understand Old Testament teachings to Hebrews.
Until next time. The photo below I saw and liked so now I share it with you. I borrowed the photo so you could enjoy someone else’s work.