“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, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 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. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:4-8 ESV
We see the seriousness of the Book of Hebrews once again as we look at Chapter 6, verses 4 – 8. It would be wise to recall that it is generally agreed that the book is written primarily to Jews who fall into 3 groups.
- Jewish believers – true Christians who have left Judaism and received Christ as Lord and Savior
- Jews who have intellectual agreement but have never committed their lives to Christ, never acted on what they know
- Jews who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ but made absolutely no response at all
Why do I read these verses and hear satan asking the “did God really say” question all over again? Yes, God did. It is impossible…let’s read it again in a different translation.
“For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
7 When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. 8 But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” Hebrews 6:4-8 NIV
Yes, there is a hardening of the heart from which there is no return. Once again, the Lord is telling us that it is a dangerous thing to be enlightened, to experience the good things of heaven, to share in the Holy Spirit, to taste the goodness of God’s Word, the power of the age to come and turn away from the Living God! It is a dangerous thing to reject the drawing of the Lord unto Himself.
“It is impossible” to bring these people back to repentance. 1 John 2:19 tells us that these people were never true believers, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.“ They were not plucked from the Lord’s hand for it would be impossible to do so as Jesus declared, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).
The enemy’s deceit is very real and we can deceive ourselves but never the Lord. The day of reckoning will come…it so much better and such a great privilege to move from danger to the One who safely keeps His own.
“8who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:8-9
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.” Jude 24-25