NTHSCC-4 - Go On To Perfection (Chapters 5-6)
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God” (Heb. 6:1). Welcome to our study of the Book of Hebrews, a book that exalts Jesus as supreme and perfect. The Hebrew writer is encouraging Christians who were thinking about going back into Judaism to stay faithful to Jesus. Christ is greater than anything under the Old Law, and he wanted them to go on to perfection as a Christian and not go back into Judaism. Hebrews 5, 6, and 7 are interesting chapters in the book. In Hebrews 5:1-11, the writer begins a discussion about how Christ is greater than Aaron and the Levites because He is of a different priestly order—the order of Melchizedek. But the writer stops in the middle of his argument, and in verse 11 he says that he has many things to say about this, and that some of them are hard to understand. Then he also says, “Shame on you, because you are not ready to hear such things.” Beginning in verse 12, and going through the end of chapter 6, he includes a sort of “parenthesis-type statement” as encouragement. His point is that the Christians to whom he is writing need to grow up, stop acting like babies, and go on to perfection. Then in chapter 7 he finishes the argument he began in chapter 5 concerning Melchizedek, and how Christ is greater than the Levites.