Impossible to Be Renewed Again to Repentance
The writer of Hebrews painstakingly warns the believers against the danger of ‘wandering away’, stemming from losing sight of who Christ is. ‘Knowing who Jesus is’ is fundamental to the Christian belief. The recipients have intuitively denied Christ and His status. Viewing from the message, they have serious doubts over ‘Jesus being the Lord’, as disclosed in chapter one of Hebrews. In essence, this mentality sets in motion their departure from Christ and they are guilty of neglecting so great a salvation, which Christ has wrought for them. In an identical vein, if we choose to forsake the salvation we have received, can we escape God’s judgment?
The writer of Hebrews expressly suggests that there are actions that cannot be readily rectifiable (Heb. 6:6). As we know some actions can be undone upon genuine repenting. Nevertheless, these actions indicate here are with serious implications. The word ‘impossible’ (Heb. 6:4) undeniably suggests beyond any doubts at all that once the line of demarcation is crossed there shall be no return. It goes beyond the physical prohibition of one from coming into the congregation of God. It is about, practically, being severed totally from Christ in the Spirit.
Here, the writer has a particular issue in mind. He is talking about actions that amount to apostasy. Judging from the message (Heb. 6:1-8), the writer is sternly advising against the re-laying of another foundation. As we know, the foundation is Christ has long been laid (1 Cor. 3:11). The shifting of the foundation will send the faith of the believers tumbling down. In a worst case scenario, the church of God will be contaminated beyond recognition, losing her true identity of being the beacon of light in this world of darkness. Most sadly of all, she will lose the vested power from God to forgive sins.
In this process of the decline in faith of the church, the wholesale change to the word of God will take place, which amounts to a sacrilege. This is no different from preaching another gospel, which Paul unreservedly condemned, and he pronounced judgment upon those who engineered such a desecration to the most holy faith, which the Lord has given to the members in Galatia (Gal. 1:6-9), and indeed to His church at large. The same echoing is found in Hebrews, in that the analogy of ‘thorns and briers’ of the Old Testament (Isa. 5:6; 27:4; 32:13) is adopted to denote the devastating consequence of those who perpetrate such an unpardonable crime in the church of God (Heb. 6:8). They are near being cursed.
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