A Message for God’s Beloved

The first eight verses of Hebrews 6 are challenging. Verse 9 should comfort us all.

Even though we speak in this way, beloved, we are confident of better things in your case, things that belong to salvation (Hebrews 6.9).

This is the one time that “beloved” is used in the letter. What does it mean to be beloved by God?

The Scriptures below should be encouraging and challenging at the same time.

“The beloved of the Lord rests in safety — the Most High surrounds him all day long — and he rests between his shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)

— Concerning Daniel’s prayers, God said, “At the beginning of your supplications a word went out, and I have come to declare it, for you are greatly beloved (Daniel 9:23).

— This is one of many examples of how Paul described the church. “I am not writing this to make you ashamed but to admonish you as my beloved children” (1 Corinthians 4:14).

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children (Ephesians 5:1).

— God’s beloved people are to behave a certain way. “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).

God’s Beloved and Better Things

After identifying people as God’s beloved, he says, “We are confident of better things in your case, things that belong to salvation” (verse 9).

What are the “better things” he is talking about?

The better things God has for his beloved involve our salvation, both now and forever.

Just as God calls us his beloved, his great love should cause us to worship him as our Beloved.

Verse 10 is a gross understatement. The most just Being of All is certainly not “unjust.”

For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do (Hebrews 6.10).

The perfectly just God, who calls us “beloved,” pays attention to how we show love for others.

How does love for other people indicate love for God?

What we love and worship is reflected in the way we treat other people.

— The love of money is at the root of a vast amount of worldwide suffering.

— The worship of power is behind wars and conflicts where thousands of people die for the accomplishments of the power-hungry elite.

— Love for other people doesn’t seem to grab the headlines like money and power, but millions of faithful people demonstrate their love for God through service to others each day.

The truth is that love for others indicates a love for God.

Finish Well.

The author of Hebrews concludes this section with the admonition. Finish well. Don’t give up.

And we want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end,

So that you may not become sluggish but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6.11-12).

What do we need to do to finish well?

Let’s start with faith and patience and see the contrast to being sluggish.

Faith is determined to trust God’s promises. We determine to both know and do God’s will. It’s hard to do that and be sluggish at the same time.

Patience is another component of finishing well. The Old Testament expression “waiting on God” refers to a continual trust in God even when we don’t see a change in our circumstances.

Both faith and patience declare that God is “Plan A.” We will trust him and not resort to a “Plan B,” when life is difficult.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

I am indebted to Gareth Lee Cockerill’s commentary on Hebrews for the information contained in this blog.

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