“Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.”
earth for drinking the upon it often coming rain
and bearing fodder suitable for those on accont whom
indeed it is farmed receives blessing from God
Key to understanding this is to know that your response to your circumstances reflects an underlying condition.
The rain is not the source of the seeds. The rain just causes the seeds to spring forth.
The sun can melt wax or harden clay. If a substances melts or hardens is not determined by the sun but by the material the sun shines on.
So are our hearts.
“But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.”
Examples of False Believers:
1) Simon Magus was baptized (Acts 8:13)
2) Demas was involved in Christian work (2 Tim. 4:9-10)
3) Judas was involved with healing, casting out demons (Mark 6:12; Matt. 10:5)
This fire is not a fire of cleansing but of judgment
“Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in you case – things that accompany salvation.”
“Even though we speak like this” indicates that the previous argument was hypothetical in its application to the readers.
The author of this book does not think his readers are lost.
In fact, he believes they are saved. He doesn’t even think they are close.
(Remember: 5:11, 12 “you”; 6:1 is “us”; 6:3 is “we”; 6:4 is “those”)
He also believes they are more like verse 6:7 than 6:8
In verse 6:10 he believes they have done deeds worthy of reward.
He does fear they have backed away due to fear, opposition, etc.
“things that accompany salvation” would NOT be getting burned like thorns and thistles. Instead “things that accompany salvation” would be:
These things are all part of the Christian life. The saved person is not in danger of being burned with fire.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
“word” did not cause salvation but was a result of salvation.
Notice the Cycle of Christian Life:
“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.”
but we desire each one of you the same
to show eagerness to the full assurance of the
hope unto the end
“Same diligence to the very end” means they will have to
continue to run in the
If they drift away in their knowledge or their application they will drift back toward Judaism.
πληροφοριαν “Plerophorian” means “full assurance”. It is used four times in the GNT (Greek New Testament):
The idea here is not that they will secure their salvation by doing these things but they will be fully assured and realize their full potential. A believer who is focused on growth and production with run the Christian race correctly. A believer who is not growing and drifting away forgets their status of being in Christ and begin to live aimlessly.
In 5:11 these believers started to drift from learning the word of God (“you are slow to learn”). The result was fragmented understanding of God and his plan. They had then become confused believers tempted to turn away from Christianity and execute improper living.
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
lest dull, sluggish you become imitators of the
through faith and long-suffering inheriting
“Lazy” means “sluggish” and is the same word as 5:11 “slow to learn” (“nwqroi” which means “dull, slow, sluggish”)
“Imitate” μιμηται “mimetai” (where we get our word “mimic”) refers to watching how the “winners” in Christian living and values live.
We all “mimic” someone. We need to purposely chose good examples.
Chapter 11 of Hebrews will give a good list to start with.
The winners are going to have:
“Inherit” κληρονομουντων present active means you are active in “inheriting” now. These believers are currently in the process of receiving the promises of and with salvation.