“…Go On To Maturity…”
Hebrews 6:1-8 (ESV)
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, 2 and of instruction about washings,[a] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 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, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 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. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
If you’ve been listening to these audio podcasts, you know that I prefer quickly locating the ONE MAIN IDEA is a passage. Here, there is a phrase: “go on to maturity.”
We cannot just learn the basics or fundamentals and think we have graduated and we are done. First, we learn who God is, who Jesus is, what the Holy Spirit says we ought to do in response to the gospel. We become engaged in repentance from dead works, we are baptized into Christ – THEN WHAT? Go on to maturity. Baptism is not the end but the beginning of journey of learning, growing, making progress.
If we fail to go on toward maturity and fall into apostasy, where we are crucifying once again the Son of God – as long as we are holding Him in contempt, we cannot expect to be blessed, but rather cursed.
This passage argues strongly against neglect, spiritual laziness, and calls upon Christians to NOT STAY WHERE YOU ARE. But move on in growth. Be useful and let the seed of the Word be cultivated to receive God’s blessing, giving Him the glory.