Last Sunday, the writer to the Hebrews began explaining to us the amazing truth that Jesus is our great High Priest, explaining the nature of His priesthood. The author plans on talking more about this subject in coming chapters, about how the priesthoods of Aaron and Melchizedek are fulfilled in Jesus.
But in this week’s passage, the author feels to pause in this line of thinking, because he realises that there was something not right in the hearts and minds of those he was writing to. Those he was writing to had become “dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11), and as a result, their spiritual progress was being stunted (Hebrews 5:12-14). One of the reasons that they were not making spiritual progress is because they had retreated back into the inoffensive ground of Judaism, instead of pressing forward in the areas that are distinctively Christian (Hebrews 6:1-2).
The author’s encouragement to his readers is for them to press on to spiritual maturity in Christ (Hebrews 6:1).