Taste These For Yourself, Heb 6:4

In the Bible there are five things that you should taste.  These are not things that you taste with your taste buds.  These are things that you taste in the sense of becoming acquainted with them by experience.  You should taste:

The heavenly gift – Heb 6:4 – the heavenly gift is the Lord Jesus Christ.  “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” [Jn 3:16].  Eternal life is in his Son [1 Jn 5:11] and, therefore, when you receive Jesus Christ, you have eternal life as a free gift [Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9].  People who knock Jesus Christ and his saving grace don’t know what they are talking about.  You should taste the free gift of Jesus Christ and eternal life for yourself.  You’ll change your mind.  You may not like someone who’s a Christian or you may not like a church, but you aren’t going to find one thing wrong with Jesus Christ and eternal life.

The good word of God – Heb 6:5 – After you get saved, you should read and study the Bible.  When I first was saved, I didn’t read the Bible.  I didn’t like to read.  I was lazy.  And that really cost me.  You don’t grow apart from reading the Bible [1 Pet 2:2].  At first, it will be hard for you to get used to reading the words of God.  It’s like developing an appetite for a vegetable you don’t like.  But if you will keep reading daily and keep studying regularly, you’re going to develop an appetite for these words.  The more you read, the more you are going to want to read and learn.  These words will nourish you and speak with you.  They will guide you and comfort you.  They will instruct you and reprove you.  They will give you wisdom and hope.  You’ll get where you don’t want to put them down.  My friend, Malcolm Dickman, read his Bible through, cover to cover, 90 times in his life.  He read it through once each month the last year and a half of his life.  He absolutely loved these words.  

The graciousness of the Lord – 1 Pet 2:3 – once you have lived a while as a Christian, you are going to realize just how gracious the Lord is.  He is merciful, compassionate, and kind.  The more you get to know him, the more you are going to love him for his mercy and kindness to you.  Most people don’t know how gracious the Lord is.  But as you get to know his great holiness and power, it will amaze you that he is so long-suffering and forbearing with us.  He loves us and cares for us even when we don’t love him and when we are so consumed with ourselves we don’t even bother to pray to him or praise him. 

The goodness of the Lord – Ps 34:8 – the Lord, by his very nature, is good.  He is the only person in the entire universe who is good.  Jesus said to the young ruler, “there is none good but one, that is, God,” [Matt 19:17].  And his goodness is what leads to repentance [Rom 2:4].  His goodness draws sinners to repentance.  But after we are saved, his goodness is still manifested in all that he does for us.  Ps 34 shows you some of the good things he does for us.  He answers our prayers Ps 34:4, 6, 15, 17; he delivers us from our fears Ps 34:4, our troubles Ps 34:6, and our afflictions Ps 34:19; he removes all our shame Ps 34:5; he provides our protection Ps 34:7; and he supplies all our need Ps 34:9-10.  He is the best!!

The sweetness of his fruit – SOS 2:3 – after you have grown in the Lord, his fruit begins to manifest itself in your life.  You taste the fruit of his Spirit [Gal 5:22-23]; you taste the fruit of his righteousness [Heb 12:11]; you taste the fruit of his words [Lk 8:15]; and you taste the fruit of your good work [Col 1:10].  All of this comes forth from the Lord in your life.  And they are sweet, particularly since you know that there is no way you could produce any of these without him [Jn 15:5].

Conclusion: why don’t you taste these for yourself.  You will be so glad that you did.  It’s so much better than listening to someone else talk about it.