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9: Diligence and Assurance (Heb 6:9-20)
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9: Diligence and Assurance (Heb 6:9-20)

The Basics


The author has expressed his concern for the readers’ spiritual immaturity and warned them about the consequences of falling away. Nevertheless, he is confident of better things about them. In this passage, he encourages them to be diligent and to put their hope in God, who has given us His promise and confirmed it with an oath.

Key Verse

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (6:11-12).

Did You Know…?

1.         “He swore by Himself” (): This is in reference to Genesis 22:16.

2.         The Presence behind the veil (): The holy of holies, which represented the presence of God.





Key Words/Phrases

Segment Analysis


1a.        What makes the author “confident of better things” about the believers he was writing to?

1b.        If the author is confident of better things about them, why does he still need to admonish them in -12?

2.         What is required in order for us to have full assurance of hope and inherit the promises?

3.         What causes sluggishness?

4.         In what areas should you be particularly more diligent? What are your goals in pursuing maturity?


5.         How does this paragraph continue the thought of verse 12?

6 .        What lesson does the author want us to learn from Abraham?

7.         What does an oath add to a promise?

8a.        What are the “two immutable things” (18)?

8b.        What is the author’s point in discussing the immutable?

9.         How have we “fled for refuge”?

10a.      What is the “anchor for the soul” that enters the Presence behind the veil?

10b.      How has your hope in Christ been the anchor of your soul in your doubts, worries, weakness, failures, and sufferings?  

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