³All Scripture is God-breathed,´ the Apostle Paul told young Timothy, ³and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may bethoroughly equipped for every good work´ (2 Timothy 3:16±17).
Several passages in Hebrews,however, present unique challenges in applying the ³teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training´nature of Scripture. Hebrews 6:1-8 is certainly one of those passages of Scripture. Guthriesummarizes this malaise writing, ³It is no exaggeration to designate the passage we now consider as one of the most controversial in the book of Hebrews´.
With this cautious understanding,this paper presents each verse along with commentary providing explaining to the uniquetensions therein while offering potential solutions to these tensions.
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward tomaturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faithin God,
instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands,the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
One does not move past the first word before noticing what appears as an awkwardconclusion. In the preceding verses, the author of Hebrews warns the recipients against fallingaway. He challenges them writing, ³by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone toteach you the elementary truths of God¶s word all over again´ (Hebrews 5:12). Instead of following the Apostle Paul¶s example of reviewing these ³elementary truths´, the author continues with these mature teachings. It seems the author did not think they were all immature.The author assumes his readership is able to move beyond these ³elementary teachingsabout Christ´ (Hebrews 6:1) to more advanced issues. In fact, in telling them to ³move beyond´
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is from
The New International Version
(Grand Rapids, MI:Zondervan, 2011).
George H. Guthrie,
The NIV Application Commentary: Hebrews
(Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998), 216.