“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4–6, KJV)
We’re at one of those verses that upset and chill people. This verse, by the way, is the very verse that got me saved. It led to one of the most terrifying nights of my life, where it seemed like for hours I was crying out to God for forgiveness of my sins.
To understand this, remember I announced at the beginning of this study, that hypothetical questions in Hebrews are answered with “No”. So, wipe away the tears, stop panicking.
There’s an “if” in there. Failure to understand this very concept of the “If” conditionals in Hebrews is why we have Arminianism and Freewill Baptists.
Can a person lose their salvation?
The Bible literally says no. You are SEALED unto the day of redemption. Can you lose your salvation? IT’S NOT YOUR SALVATION TO LOSE!
If we could all lose our salvation, we’d have made it as saved people for maybe ten minutes. And Heaven would be one big, empty place.
So, how do we reconcile this? If you remain saved once your saved, what does this verse mean?
“t is impossible for a saved person, if they could lose their salvation, to repent and be saved again, since they have crucified the Son of God agan, and treated Him contemptfully.”
That’s a Middle English construct, by the way. Contemptfully – full of contempt. Contemptuously holds the same meaning, but does not signify that one has treated someone with contempt to the utmost.
Since you cannot lose your salvation, the verse literally is warning you – if you can do this, you’re not saved.
There’s an additional problem, something that Campus Crusade for Christ literally is going to have to answer for… if you mislead an unsaved person into thinking they are saved, when they backslide, it’s going to be REALLY HARD to teach them that they’re not saved, and they need to be saved. They’re still focused on the definition as given by Jack Hyles and Campus Crusade! “1,2,3, repeat after me…”
All you have to do is read the comment sections of any post I’ve written on this subject when I’ve presented the REAL Gospel and how to respond to it, and you’ll see I constantly have to explain myself. I am not Lordship Salvation at all. But if you say you were born again with no repentance, I say check again. Some people are already in that state of repentance when presented with the Gospel, which is why the Bible seems to present three different kinds of hearers, those who are ready and just need a pointer (“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and ye shall be saved” Acts 16:31), those not yet in repentance but wanting to know the way to salvation (” Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21 ), and others who want to know the way, but are unwilling to go any farther (Acts 26:28).
It literally is my contention that most people who call themselves Christians fall into the last category.
It truly is a narrow way. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Repent, confess, believe, receive.
And once you’ve made sure you’ve done this, read these verses without fear.