Thursday, March 13, 2014

Marsha's Musings: There is Always Hope (Hebrews 6:3-6 ESV)

And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. (Hebrews 6:3-6 ESV)

The author here is not advocating that one can lose his/her salvation.  We know that because Jesus says in the Gospels that no man can pluck them out of his hand.

I believe what is being said here is that those who have a false profession of faith, that take advantage of what the church has to offer and listen to the preaching of the Word, and then in the end turn away from it all, those are the ones that it says are impossible to restore again to repentance.  The point being, that they never truly were saved in the first place, but by virtue of the fact that they had been taking advantage of the fellowship and the teaching and then turned away, it shows a heart that is hardned toward God.

Yes, it would be impossible for us to turn them back again, but we also know from the book of Luke that nothing is impossible with God.  If should so choose, He can turn them back and so there is always hope.

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