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9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

 

The point of this section (6:9-12) indicates that the readers of Hebrews are not at the place described in the first 8 verses.

9 But,

The word “but” introduces a contrast to the first 8 verses. Now there is a change from warning to encouragement.

beloved,

The author views his readers as “beloved,” as fellow Christians. He reassures them that they are part of the family of God and are loved because of it. This is the only occurrence of “beloved” in the book of Hebrews; it is a term that affirms his readers as members of the church. It was introduced at this time to soften the language of verse 6 lest anyone should over interpret its implications. Neither should we minimize the severity of the warning in Hebrews 5:11-6:12 because it might diminish the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ. It threatened to spread to fellow believers.

we are confident [persuaded]

The writer has every confidence that his readers will transcend the issues of the first 8 verses. He is strongly convinced of their commitment to Christ. The author came to a settled conviction about the genuineness of his readers salvation (perfect tense).

of better things concerning you,

The “better things” are the “things that accompany salvation.” The context indicates that they should be better than thorn-bearing believers (previous verse). The latter crowd had their inheritance or reward burned to nothing.

In contrast to lack of fruit set forth in verse 8 the author expects divine production from his readers. He anticipates “better things” from them, things that will be rewarded in eternity.

yes, things that accompany salvation,

“Salvation” here is not initial salvation of the soul but what the believer inherits in the future as reward (He 1:14). “Accompany” means to conjoin; there are things that join salvation. There are dynamics that associate themselves with a life lived for the glory of God.

though we speak in this manner.

 Although the readers were warned about distorting their faith by immaturity, the author is confident that they will lead a life to “better things.”

PRINCIPLE:

The maturing believer has “better things” ahead.

APPLICATION:

It is God’s grace that produces divine fruit. The more the Christian moves toward better things the greater his production will be. Spiritual fruit is any act which glorifies God. People in the family of God will show family characteristics. They will act like their Father.

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