Key Verse Hebrews 6:4-6: For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and 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, since on their own they are crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt.
Those are some powerful words! The Bible very rarely uses the word “impossible.” Why is it impossible to restore someone who has abandoned the faith? Could it be because they renounce the Holy Spirit which is the one avenue for restoration? This isn’t referring to a little relapse. This is referring to denouncing the Christian faith, crucifying Christ again and “holding him up for contempt.” Jesus died once and for all and was raised from the dead, forgiving us of our sins. You can’t re-crucify Jesus and stay in the flock.
God loves us enough to give us warnings in the Bible. It’s like having a sign posted on a dead end road at the edge of a cliff. You put the sign there because you care about people and don’t want them to go off the cliff. God doesn’t want you or me to go off the cliff and so the Bible gives us these warnings.
All of us have times when we are weak in our faith, we doubt, we’re tired of praying, we fall out of fellowship, we neglect the Scriptures. Hopefully, we come out of that dive and recommit ourselves, getting back to it and continuing to grow in our faith. The danger is in never coming back – letting it go, abandoning the faith. The warning sign is there because God loves you.
Your grace watches over me, O Lord, even when I am weak or asleep at the wheel. Your spirit stirs me and calls me back to a life of faith. Watch over all of us less we stumble and fall and never get up, never reclaim our faith, and discontinue our journey with Christ. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
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