Doesn’t Hebrews 6:4-6 & Hebrews 10:28-29 talk of a Christian losing salvation????
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Hebrews 6:4-6 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, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 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 10:28-29 "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?"
In the light of the gospel, doesn’t Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:28-29 talk of a Christian losing His salvation? This is a question someone asked me concerning Scriptures above.The Bible make it clear that a Christian is eternally secured in Christ, and nothing can take him out of God the Father and Jesus' hands. He has given them eternal life, they shall never, no never ever lose it or perish, and He shall raise them up in the last day (John 10:28-29 AMP)
To begin to analyse Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:28-29, let me give you a little background to the book of Hebrews(Hebrews. The book of Hebrews was written to the Jewish Christians and non-believing Jews NOT gentiles. It is also written for us New Testament believers -Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. The Jewish Christians were to use the teachings from the book of Hebrews to draw non-believing Jews to Jesus Christ. Some of the Jews who wanted to believe on Jesus was torn between the two, whether to go back to the Jewish sacrifice for sin offering (of bulls and goats ) or accept Christ sacrifice which was once and for all sacrifice (Heb. 10:10).
The writer of the book Hebrews was warning the non-believing Jews about the danger of rejecting Christ ONE perfect sacrifice and returning to Mosaic sacrifices of bulls and goats which could not take away sin(s). The writer was also making a comparison between the Old Testament, Mosaic sacrifices of bulls and goats with the SUPERIORITY of Jesus' ONE perfect sacrifice which took away sin(s) once and for all. Note that the non-believing Jews who were ONCE ENLIGHTENED:
They ONCE believed in the Mosaic sacrifices of bulls and goats under the Old Testament, which were a "type and shadow" of their faith in Jesus Christ. Because of that they tasted the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come(Hebrews 6:4-6). They were non-believing Jews after the cross (resurrection of Jesus) Why? Because they were returning to OT sacrifices that had been done away with by the cross of Jesus and in so doing, rejecting Jesus Christ, the ONCE for all time sacrifice for sin.
The Old Testament way of relating to God is not the same as the New Testament way of having a relationship with God. The Old Testament was legalistic and based on your performance. The New Testament, on the other hand, is a covenant of grace based on acceptance of what Jesus did. Because of that, there is a huge difference between the way people approached God under the Old and the way they should now approach Him under the New. The book of Hebrews was written specifically to contrast this and to show us how to approach God through a new and living way.( Heb 10:16-23).
Jesus died spirit, soul and body so as to redeem man spirit, soul and body. He accomplished his plan of redemption by removing the sinful nature from the sinner and imparting God's righteous nature into our new reborn-spirits. Apostle John called God's righteous nature in a believer, "eternal life"(1 John 5:11-13) whereas Apostle Paul called God's righteous nature in us, "Christ IN us".
Jesus didn't die on the cross in order to change your conduct. If it was only for changing your conduct, then Jesus didn't need to come and die on the cross, for the blood from animal sacrifices already catered for man's conduct. But blood from animal sacrifices could only cover sin and not remove sin!.
Only the blood of Jesus was necessarily to remove sin as far as east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Born-again is the removal of sin-nature (the sin of unbelief) inherited from Adam. When your nature changes, your conduct follows suit. It is the change in nature that produces change in your conduct; not vice versa.
Jesus Christ is the only perfect sacrifice for the sin of man. God is no more accepting animal sacrifice, therefore the writer of the book of Hebrews is telling the Jews who are yet to be convinced that if they refuse to accept the sacrifice of Christ after receiving the knowledge of the truth, and willfully continue in sin ( the sin of rejecting Christ's sacrifice), then there is no better sacrifice for sin for them.
Jesus is the Lamb of God that took away the sin of the world. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting salvation from sin; therefore, such people will face God's judgment because of sin. The audience in Hebrews 6:4-6 & Hebrews 10:28-29 is not those already saved. It is referring to those who reject the gospel after it has been preached to them.
Jesus is the only perfect sacrifice for sin. I have accepted this sacrifice; therefore, I have forgiveness of sin. No condemnation or judgement for me in Christ.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you!
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