A confusing scripture – Often misunderstood by many

  • Heb. 6 v.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, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 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.”

This scripture is written to Jews by a Jew who was trying to keep them from going back into legalism after they had once heard the gospel of Christ. The writer was trying to keep these Jews from abandoning the faith and falling in apostasy.

Those who were being addressed in Hebrews were Jews that had not fully given their selves to Christ, therefore when they had heard the Word and then gone back into the Law of Moses, they became apostates. Not willing to pay the price for completely following Jesus as that would mean they would have to abandon their Jewish laws, customs and practices.

Once the covenant of Grace replaced the covenant of Law, the old law was no longer in effect. In fact, it was no longer in existence at all. That’s what the book of Hebrews is all about. Warning Jews not to hold onto the old ways but to embrace the Gospel of Christ fully and to realize that the covenant of law had been forever replaced by the new covenant of Grace. This scripture is simply stating that “it is impossible” in this particular situation.



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