The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 11
In the first few verses of Hebrews 6 we are told to go on to other things that will bring us to maturity in the Lord. The instruction is that we quit preaching how to be saved to those who are already saved.
This means that a person cannot be born again, again, or multiple times. Can we then conclude that A CHRISTIAN CANNOT LOSE HIS OR HER SALVATION?
Hebrews 6 vs 4-6 say:
“BUT what about people who TURN AWAY after they have already seen the light and have received the gift from heaven and have shared in the Holy Spirit? What about those who TURN AWAY after they have received the good message of God and the powers of the future world? THERE IS NO WAY TO BRING THEM BACK. What they are doing is the same as nailing the Son of God to a cross and insulting him in public!”
What does “turning away” mean? Does it mean committing a sin? We all miss the mark and commit sin. The fact that we commit sins, does it mean that “we are nailing the Son of God to a cross and insulting him in public” (verse 6) by the sins we commit? And, does that mean when we sin we cannot be restored back to God (verse 6)?
I believe that these verses say that CHRISTIANS CAN RENOUNCE/REJECT THEIR FAITH AND BECOME REPROBATE. This happens when a believer chooses to reject Christ, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE OF SIN.
Jesus died for all sins, EXCEPT FOR THE SIN OF UNBELIEF. The blood of Jesus has completely cleansed us from all sins (1 John 3 v 23 and Hebrews 10 vs 10,12,14). The only sin that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of is the sin of unbelief (John 16 vs 8-9).
When a person CHOOSES TO NOT believe in Christ, that person will not be saved. That is the same as when a MATURED believer DECIDES to renounce his or her faith in Christ, that person will lose his or her salvation as per Hebrews 6 vs 4-6.
It is important to note that Hebrews 6 vs 4-6 give a QUALIFICATION FOR ONE TO REJECT THEIR FAITH. There are five things that people should DO BEFORE THEY ARE CAPABLE OF TURNING AWAY:
(1) They have already seen the light. This is speaking of having the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus to them (John 6 vs 44&65).
(2) They have received the gift from heaven (Ephesians 2 v 8). There has to have been supernatural conversion, not just religious exercise.
(3) They have shared in the Holy Spirit. This is speaking about receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. People who haven’t received the Holy Spirit cannot “turn away” (Hebrews 6 v 6).
(4) They have received the good message of God. This probably is speaking about how there has to have been revelation knowledge of God’s Word. This is more than just knowing some facts about God’s Word; it is describing those who have had God supernaturally reveal truth to them from His Word.
(5) “The powers of the future world“ is speaking about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and supernatural power (1 Corinthians 12 vs 5-11). This is speaking of those who have operated in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and seen the power of God manifest through them.
These five qualifications are basically describing mature Christians. THIS MEANS THAT IMMATURE CHRISTIANS CANNOT REJECT THEIR SALVATION.
This is different to denying Christ in front of people to save one’s skin. That is what Peter did, and he was later restored back to the ministry because his relationship with God was not TERMINATED because of what he did (Matthew 26 vs 34-35, 69-75).
This is also different to when a person feels disappointed at God for seemingly not answering a prayer, and they decide to end their relationship with God. That would be like a behaviour of an under age boy that would try to run away from home because of some unhappiness. When the law enforcement agents come across him they will take him back home since he is not matured enough to make such a decision.
Therefore, CHRISTIANS CANNOT LOSE THEIR SALVATION BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DO (e.g. sin), BUT THEY CAN DECIDE TO REJECT IT, just like unbelievers who choose to reject the gift of salvation.
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
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