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8: Going on to Perfection (Heb 5:11-6:8)
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8: Going on to Perfection (Heb -6:8)

The Basics


The preceding passage, which centered on Jesus on as the High Priest, ended with the note that Jesus was called by God as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. In this lesson, we see that as the author mentions Melchizedek, his attention is diverted to the readers’ dullness of hearing and spiritual immaturity. He goes even further to warn about the impossibility of bringing back believers who fall away.

Key Verse

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection…” (6:1).






Key Words/Phrases

Segment Analysis


1a.        According to this passage, what characterize spiritual infancy?

1b.        What characterize spiritual maturity?

2.         Define the following terms:

2a.        Dull of hearing

2b.        First principles of the oracles of God

2c.        Milk and solid food

2d.        Word of righteousness

3a.        What distinguishes the babes and the mature in terms of how they respond to God’s word?

3b.        How can we have “our senses exercised” instead of being “unskilled”?


4.         What does the author mean by “the elementary principles of Christ” and “foundation” (6:1)? List these “elementary principles” and explain why they are so called.

5.         How does the exhortation to leave the elementary principles of Christ apply to you?

6.         What is the teaching of verse 3?


7a.        What impossibility is discussed here?

7b.        What kind of people are verses 4 and 5 describing?

8a.        Describe the condition of falling away (Use verses 7-8 to help you).

8b.        What does it mean to “crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (6)?

8c.        What is the end for those who fall away?

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