The Hypothetical Impossibility And/Or Reality Of Falling Away

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warningFor in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. Hebrews 6:4-6

There are topics Christians discuss at cocktail parties. Whoops, wait, Christians don’t attend cocktail parties. Oh, yes they do. Anyway… The point of this passage (chapter) in the book of Hebrews is to both warn and encourage believers at the same time not to settle an argument about ‘once saved, always saved’ or ‘can a believer lose their salvation’. Those who are proponents of the ‘once saved, always saved’ viewpoint will say that this Bible verse is a depiction of a hypothetical (made up scenario) that is actually impossible (someone losing salvation). Others argue, ‘look, its obvious someone can fall away, this passage says it outright’. Its a great discussion to have… because it impacts our evangelism. We don’t need to judge one another about our viewpoint though. Back to the point of this passage. Be warned about not ‘finishing the race’ God has given you. Be encouraged, because its God who provided salvation and He keeps His word. We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure!

Do I spend more time arguing theological points than living them out? Who (in my circle of friends) needs this warning or encouragement?

God, you really are faithful. Time and time again, You show Yourself to be a keeper of Your promises. Today, I am claiming the great promises of salvation. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. I believe in Jesus! That’s my reality, not hypothetical at all!

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