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Questions for Hebrews 6:4-12 pt. 3
1. Are the things in verses 4-5 some of the “things that accompany salvation”? (see 3:14, 10:32) If so, are we obligated to believe that those in 6:4-8 were saved, but lost their salvation?
2. There is a contrast between “them” in verses 4-8, and “you” in verses 9-12. The writer is convinced of better things concerning the “you”–he is convinced that the “you” of verses 9-12 possess the things that accompany salvation. What is strongly inferred by the contrast (“But” introducing verse 9) is that those in verses 4-8 do not possess the things that accompany salvation or, stated another way, possess things that do not accompany salvation. What are those things?
3. What is the “heavenly gift” in verse 4? If one “tastes” this heavenly gift is he saved?
4. What are the powers of the age to come?
5. If you have concluded that those described in verses 4-8 are unsaved, then what does it mean that they became partakers of the Holy Spirit?
6. We have considered the two main views of this passage (6:4-8). (1) The people described were once saved but lost their salvation. (2) The people described were never truly saved. There are alternative views. Some have concluded that the people described are saved, but fell away and God judged them with a physical death (Pastor presented this Sunday evening). What are the strengths of this view? What are some of the problems associated with it?
7. Those who hold this alternative view cite passages where believers are/were judged by God with an early death (see Acts 5:1-11; 1 Cor. 5:1-9, esp. vs. 5; 1 Cor. 11:17-34, esp. vss. 29, 30; 1 John 5:16-17). Is there a difference, however, in the sin committed in these passages and “falling away” in Hebrews 6:6 (cp. 10:26-29)?
8. Given what we know about the situation the writer of Hebrews addressed (and the people he addresses), what did it mean to crucify Jesus again, and put Him to an open shame?
Questions for Hebrews 6:4-12 pt. 2
1. Why did the writer of Hebrews refer to his letter as a word of exhortation?
2. Is anything impossible with God? See Luke 1:37, but compare Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:17-18. Is there a contradiction?
3. Why is it impossible to bring people to repentance who have fallen away in the way described in Hebrews 6:4-5? Is it that God is not able to restore them? Is the impossibility due to another factor(s)?
4. In what “manner” is the writer speaking (vs. 9)? Why is he speaking in such a manner?
5. Who specifically are those who through faith and patience inherit God’s promises (vs. 12)?
6. How does a believer experience the full assurance of hope (vs. 11, cp.
2 Peter 1:5-11)?
7. On what is our hope based? (vs. 12f)
8. What or who is being compared in verses 7 and 8?