I feel renewed, refreshed, and revived! All in my spirit, mind you – I’m typing while in bed.
We had a great Bible study today. Most of us came with anticipation because we knew we would be delving into some of the toughest scriptures in Hebrews.
Therefore, leaving the elementary teachings about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. And this we will do, if God permits.
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. -Hebrews 6:1-8
See what I mean? Really tough stuff! Now none of this can be thoroughly understood by a first read. This group has been studying Hebrews together since September. We chose this type of study (Precept Upon Precept) because we want to dig deep into God’s word. It’s fun, for most of us, to study throughout the week and then come together to discuss the insights we’ve gleaned. Then we listen to Kay Arthur lecture over the material via video.
So we have had a few months to work up to these verses, laying a foundation of observation and word studies to get us prepared for class today. I think most of us were ready to have quite a debate, since we don’t all attend the same denomination, but it never occurred.
The leader began with prayer, being sure to ask for the Spirit of unity, then we jumped right in. We went through the assigned word studies, looked at the Greek meanings, considered the voice and tense of the words, looked at the context and cross-references, shared our feelings about the possible meanings – we looked thoroughly into the passage. No debate. It was remarkable. All possible interpretations were discussed and we just sat smiling at each other.
Wow. I mean, WOW! We have some opinionated ladies in our group (present company included) and we were able to love one another in a Spirit of unity that is rarely witnessed over tough doctrinal issues.
It was great! I just had to report, it is possible to live with one another in unity. I feel refreshed!