Saving Grace Makes Men Fruitful

Heb 6:9  But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

In the previous chapter, the Hebrew writer admonished some believers’  about their lack maturity in their faith. At the open of chapter 6, he exposed false converts. But, here in Verse 9, the Hebrew writer shifts from discord to healing by calling the true believers “beloved”.

He was confident and persuaded that the beloved (dearly loved) had the true grace of God; whereas, the previous group possessed only some gifts. If the true believers envied the gifts, he strives to assure them that a man may have great gifts and not be a righteous man. Common grace is useful to ones self and others. Saving grace, however, makes men fruitful: better things that accompany salvation (Gal 5:22-23). Grace saves and matures believers; gifts do not.

Paul, for our progress, gives us this verse and puts emphasis on what  to consider most: 1Co 14:1, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts…”. Note Paul’s emphasis, ”pursue love and desire spiritual gifts”, not, “pursue spiritual gifts and desire love”. To have the gifts of the Spirit without the fruit of the Spirit, which begins with love, only opens doors to spiritual pride and arrogance. We must therefore ask ourselves, what are we going to emphasize as priority?

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