Hebrews 6:9-10 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do
The author is confident the readers will receive this epistle and make changes in their lives once they read it. He expects them to draw closer to Jesus and be strong in their faith. The author has used the strong illustration of thorns and thistles to get their attention. This is not child’s play but has to do with eternal salvation. He has an established relationship with them by calling them “beloved.” These are dear people and the author will do what he can to call them back to a right relationship with God. He is confident that once they come to understand better who Jesus is, they will make the right decision. This epistle is all about motivating the readers to seek after Jesus.
The readers have come a long ways in their faith already, which is evidenced in v. 10 by their work and love for the saints. They are on the right path but are tempted to leave it because of a lack of understanding, failure to grow and seek God’s promises, and the temptations around them. There are people like this in our churches as well. They believe in the gospel and even volunteer in the church activities but they are lacking the deep commitment that comes in the sanctified life. They are still children in their thinking and understanding about Jesus. They have not matured and found victory in their battle with sin and temptation. They may still be struggling in their own strength and understanding, which will keep them bound to their old ways. What they need to do is step out in faith and follow the path to full consecration and commitment to Jesus. If they don’t, they are in danger of falling away. Indeed, there are people who seem to drift in and out of fellowship. Why? Many reasons, but one of those may simply be the fact that they have not become fully committed to Jesus. Jesus is more of a convenience to them and they fit him in their lives when it is helpful or beneficial to them. They use Jesus as the union card into heaven and not as the companion and Lord of their lives. That is the fundamental challenge the author of this epistle gives to the readers.
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