What does it mean in Hebrews 6:3 “If God permits” Our Maturity?

maturityIn Hebrews 6:3, what does the writer mean by “if God permits”our maturity? Is God not obligated to receive us back if we repent from sin? Can our sanctification be lost?

Let us begin by viewing the verse in context:

Hebrews 6:1-3 (NKJV)

The Peril of Not Progressing

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will (let us) do if God permits.

The writer’s exhortation is to:

1. Leave behind elementary teaching
2. Press on to maturity
3. And this we will do (pressing on to being mature) if God permits Continue reading