For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. Hebrew 6:4-6
Have you ever read this portion of scripture and thought that you were most certainly doomed [because] you walked away from your God-given faith for a season? I know I have. For me, it is the toughest piece of scripture in the Bible and I know it is for many of you as well. I suppose there is someone, somewhere that these verses don’t apply to, but I don’t know any of those people.
Before we address it, we first need to know that the passage means exactly what it says, “It is impossible for those…(that fell away)… to renew them again to repentance.” We also should know that the word impossible (adunatos in the Greek) is translated:
- without strength, impotent, powerless, weakly, disabled
- unable to be done
In other words, impossible means impossible.
So What Do We Do?
Stretching the vocabulary to make it fit a particular situation (real or imagined) is entirely the wrong approach and at best it only serves to sidestep the solution. The best way (again) is to take these words at face value.
For whom are we told it is impossible?
For those who fell away; they are the powerless ones unable to do anything to renew their repentance. That should remind of us something; weren’t we also powerless to save ourselves initially? What does Titus 3:5-7 tell us again?
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
That certainly addresses when we first came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but the writer of Hebrews said after we fall away it was an impossible feat to accomplish. How can we possibly get around the impossible?
The solution is so easy, you’re liable to smack yourself in the forehead when you read it.
(Jesus) said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27
Yes! Let the Master handle it!
Nothing has changed. As it pertains to our salvation, our works are as filthy rags. However nothing is impossible with God! At this juncture, there is only one question left to ask on the matter, “Is God a liar?”
…It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18b)
- What do these verses tell us about God?
- What do they tell us about ourselves?
- What changes do we need to address?
- Hebrews 6: No Turning Back (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
- Am I In Jesus? (Re-post) (gospelapprentice.com)
- Repentance before Salvation? (media4lifeministries.com)
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