November 4

In a few places, the author of Hebrews warns his readers in a very severe manner. It is not pleasant to read such things. But it is necessary for us to be aware of them. The same God who offers us heaven also warns us about hell. The Bible tells us about God’s anger as well as his love.

Ezekiel 10:1-11:25
Hebrews 6:1-20
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 27:1-2

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New Testament:
Hebrews 6:1-20

Summary: The Certainty of God’s Promise

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.
~ Hebrews 6:4-6

In a few places, the author of Hebrews warns his readers in a very severe manner. It is not pleasant to read such things. But it is necessary for us to be aware of them. The same God who offers us heaven also warns us about hell. The Bible tells us about God’s anger as well as his love.


The author does not give any names here. But elsewhere, the Bible does give the names of people who have done this terrible thing. There was Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:16-20. Judas chose to oppose Christ for his own benefit. There were Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). They chose to lie to the Holy Spirit. And Jude wrote about certain men who were behaving like CainBalaam and Korah (Jude 11-13).


Many Christians would say that such a person never really had a relationship with God. But the author of Hebrews is very clear. He is not describing people who never knew God. God’s light (that is, the knowledge of God) was in their lives. These people received the gift that God gives. They shared in God’s Holy Spirit. These words are very similar to the words that the author used in Hebrews 3:1. We looked at the importance of the word ‘sharer’ when we studied Hebrews 3:14.


So these people had an experience of God’s word. And they had an experience of God’s power in their lives. That is what Hebrews 6:6 says.


But they ‘fell’. The author uses the same word that the Greek (language) translation of Ezekiel 18:24 uses. It means that they turned away from God completely. They did not want to serve God any longer. They had seen what God had to offer. But they preferred to serve the devil. This was not an accident – they did it on purpose.


The author says that such people cannot ever return to God. They are certain to go to hell. Their actions are as terrible as if they had put Christ on the cross again.


It is not simply that these people have done wicked acts. God can forgive the most wicked acts that people do (Exodus 34:7). David stole another man’s wife and then he murdered that man. But God forgave him (2 Samuel 12:13).


So God forgives our wicked deeds if we humbly confess them to him (1 John 1:9). He does it because Jesus speaks on our behalf to the Father (1 John 2:1). His death was enough for God to forgive all the evil things that people do (1 John 2:2).


But we have been studying about people who will never do that. They have become so wicked that they do not even want God to forgive them. They chose to serve the devil instead of God. They chose to go to hell instead of heaven. They chose death instead of life.


It is right for us to feel fear when we read about such terrible things. But we ought not to feel hopeless. Sometimes people have thought that God cannot forgive them. But God has promised to forgive because of Jesus’ death. If God cannot forgive, his promise is without value. And if God cannot forgive, Jesus died in vain.


However, God can forgive and he does forgive. So people must confess their evil deeds to God. They must invite Christ into their lives and they must trust him. By this means, God forgives even the most wicked people. And he will do it so long as they return to him. But he cannot forgive anyone who does not have sincere and humble attitudes towards him. 


From:  – by Keith Simons


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Listen to John MacArthur on today’s scripture below

This is the third parenthetical warning in the book of Hebrews given in very specific terms to a group who have intellectually responded to the Gospel, who have on the outside made a profession of faith in Christ, but who are not real believers. They know the truth, they believe it, they even follow some of the patterns of Christians, but they aren’t for real, and they are warned periodically, through the book of Hebrews, that they better be for real lest having heard the Gospel so much and become so familiar with it, they find themselves falling away into an evil heart of unbelief, and it is impossible for them to be saved.
 they’ve heard it all; they’ve seen the miracles; they’ve heard the message; they’ve got all the information, but they never make the decision. They’re in danger of turning around and going back to Judaism and being lost forever. This has special importance to anyone, for that matter, who comes to the edge of a decision in Jesus Christ and plays around with it, never makes it, turns around and falls away.


Truth for Life - Alistair Begg


The question of whether believers can lose their salvation frightens many and has sparked debate for centuries. Thankfully, the Bible directly addresses the experience of those who once professed to follow Christ but then fell away. After identifying the traits of such individuals, Alistair Begg unpacks what causes them to forsake their profession of faith. Their example serves as a warning to true believers.





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