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Pilgrim’s Regress, Relapse, and Progress (Heb 5:11-6:20)

1.  Pilgrim’s Regress (Heb 5:11-6:3)

a.  The Diagnosis (Heb 5:11-14)

(1)  Who is the “you” in Heb 5:11?  (see also Heb 3:1)
(2)  They had become “dull of hearing”
(3)  “Though by this time you ought to be teachers…”
(4)  “you have need again” – What does this indicate?
(5)  They ought to be mature but the need to go back to their ABC’s
(6)  How do mature Christians grow in maturity so they can discern good from evil?  (Heb 5:14)

b.  The Remedy (Heb 6:1-3)

(1)  Let us press on to maturity
(2)  Leave a laid foundation and build upon it

2.  Pilgrim’s Relapse (Heb 6:4-8)

a.  Form of the Statement

(1)  Two related parts (Heb 6:4-6 and Heb 6:7-8)
(2)  Records something actual (not theoretical)
(3)  It is a negation (not an affirmation)
(4)  Uses impersonal language

b.  Focus of the Statement

(1)  What does it mean to “fall away”?
(2)  What does “apostasy” mean?
(3)  Calvin and Owen’s views
(4)  From what can people apostatize?
(5)  Why can they not be renewed?
(6)  Apostasy is an action upon oneself
(7)  How do we avoid the sin of apostasy?

3.  Pilgrim’s Progress (Heb 6:9-10)

a.  Diagnosis

(1)  They were sluggish and immature in their faith and hope
(2)  But the author was convinced of “better things”
(3)  The author desires for them to

(a)  Be diligent
(b)  Realize the full assurance of hope
(c)  Be imitators of those who “inherit the promises”

b.  Encouragement

(1)  God is unswervingly just
(2)  God is unchangeably truthful

c.  Certainty

(1)  God’s promise and his oath are immutable
(2)  The hope we have in our unchangeable God is an anchor for the soul

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Taken from:  Jones, Hywel.  Let’s Study Hebrews.  Carlisle:  Banner of Truth, 2002.

 

  1. Brian
    Brian09-15-2012

    I really appreciated listening to this tonight. Thanks!

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