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SALVATION QUESTION 215

QUESTION 215
 Hebrews 6: 4-6 speaks about people falling away; “For it is impossible...if they shall fall away to renew them again unto repentance seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh.” Do you feel that if we fall away it is impossible to be renewed to repentance?

ANSWER:
The “falling away” here is not what we commonly call ‘backsliding.’ It is far more serious. Backsliders can repent and get right with the Lord. In fact the most common use of the word “repent” in the Bible has to do with God’s people.

The Book of Hebrews was written to Jewish professors of salvation, many of whom were not only keeping the law, but teaching that the law was necessary for salvation (cf. Acts 15:1). They were in danger of letting the truth of salvation “slip” (cf. Hebrews 2:1, 3). They are exhorted to hold fast to their profession of faith in Christ alone for salvation (cf. Hebrews 4:14; 10:23)
In Hebrews 6:4-6, the writer (by supposition) tells them that “if” any of them should fall away from their professed faith in the crucifixion of Christ, and go back to the law and its sacrifices, they would in essence be crucifying Him again. And with that as a  condition of faith, they cannot be renewed to repentance: They have apostatized, which means they have rejected the salvation Christ provided for them, and openly denied the value of His death for them. In Hebrews 10:29, they are said to “trample it under their feet,” which appears to means that their minds and hearts are so hardened that they cannot repent and be saved. Judas was an example of an apostate. He tasted of the good things of the Lord for three years, but he was not a true believer from the beginning (cf. John 6:64)
Peter speaks of these same Jews in 2 Peter 2. They appear to have experienced many of the same blessings that saved people do, but evidently they were not saved because they were in conflict with the truth of scripture that Christ is the author of “eternal” salvation (cf. Hebrews 5:9). It would be a denial of the work of Christ to say that He saved a sinner and then that sinner was lost again. If Christ is your Saviour, He saves you forever.
Have you embraced the cross work of Christ yet? There is no salvation apart from Him. Realizing you are a lost sinner and trusting Him completely is the only way to heaven. Are you going there?

All comments and questions to: Harold Smith

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Updated March 13th, 2014 by Sandra Felix