Crucifying Christ Again
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, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 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. 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. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things–things that belong to salvation.
(Heb 6:4-9 ESV)
I always thought that it was impossible for a Christian to lose their salvation. This is what every teacher that I heard taught. Rarely, have I come across a Christian who thought someone could lose their salvation. I still agree that you can’t lose your salvation. But, when I read Hebrews 6, I realized you can forsake your salvation. I really wanted to see this verse from a different angle. I wanted God to tell me that I was reading it wrong. I have heard teachers attempt to explain this passage away as false Christians. But, that seems like trying to conform Scripture to our own views to me. No matter what we want, Hebrews 6 seems to speak plainly. Look at the phrases that are used to describe these people:
- those who have once been enlightened
- have tasted the heavenly gift
- have shared in the Holy Spirit
- tasted the goodness of the word of God
- tasted powers of the age to come
Now comes the part that people don’t want to hear…
- then have fallen away
Then to make things worst…
- It is impossible…to restore them again to repentance
Obviously, these people had already been truly repentant if they can’t be repentant again. Then, the writer of Hebrews makes a good point…
- since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
Who can try to crucify Christ again, but those who have shared in His crucifixion? He was already crucified for them once. Then, they turned back to embrace the world, thus holding our beloved Lord up to contempt.
I believe that nothing can take our salvation. I believe nothing can separate us from the love of God. But, we can willingly turn away from God. The verse here says that they can’t be restored to repentance. So if you are truly repentant of your sin, then God will welcome you back as the father welcomed back the prodigal son. But, there seems to be a point where you can go too far.
Let’s not get to the point where we need to worry about such things. Instead, let’s walk closely with God and pray that He draws us ever closer to His heart.