“What about” –? – 101 = “Hebrews 6:4-5-6”
Recently someone asked me… about these verses. First, one must understand the “Contiguous Truth” found in God’s Word, the Bible. Unlike a secular text book, God’s Truth in interwoven though out all the different chapters and books. There is no index or appendix to immediately find the Truth about a particular subject. Matter of fact, unless one is Born Again, by the Holy Spirit of God, they ‘cannot’… discern Biblical Truth.
*** (1Corinthians 2:12-to-16) But we = have ‘not’ = received the spirit of the world, = but = the [Holy] Spirit from God, = so that we might = ‘know’ = the things that are = freely given to us = by God.
(1Cor 2:13) These things = we also speak, = ‘not’ in words = which man's wisdom teaches, = but = which the Holy Spirit teaches, = comparing = spiritual things = with spiritual.
(1Cor 2:14) But the = natural man = does ‘not’ receive = the things = of the Spirit of God, = for they are ‘foolishness’ = to him; = ‘neither’ = can he know them, = because they are = spiritually discerned.
(1Cor 2:15) But he who = is spiritual = judges all things, = yet he himself = is judged by = no one.
(1Cor 2:16) For who has known = the mind of the Lord, = that he may instruct Him? = But we have = the mind of Christ.
A friend of mine… is in Bible College now. She told me that they were studying ‘Doctrine’, and it was somewhat boring. In order for a Christian to know the “Truth of the Word of God”, they must learn it, in their heart ‘first’, and then in the mind. Believing God’s Truth, first by ‘Faith’, will enable one to understand more Truth. These particular verses in Hebrews 6, I struggled with, to understand ‘exactly’ what they meant. Once I understood the Scriptures, which spoke about the “Holy Spirit”, all the pieces of these verses, made sense, in my mind. But ‘only’ after, I believed them, in my heart. Heart First… by Faith… then in my mind.
*** (Numbers 23:19) God is = ‘not’ a man = that He should lie, = neither = the son of man = that He should repent. = Has He said, = and shall He not = do it? Or = has He spoken, = and = shall He not = make it good?
*** (Psalms 36:9) For with You [God] = is the fountain of life; = in Your Light = we shall see = Light.
Your desire should be… to know more about God, so that you, may show your love to Him, through your obedience, to His Word. Many live without this obedience to Him, and so are stunted spiritually, in ‘Spiritual Maturation’. In addition, some ‘only’ want to be known as Spiritual, but really have ‘no’ heart care, for God and His Word. A reputation as someone knowledgeable about the Bible, is ‘all’ they care for. They have ‘no’ heart, for the lost and ‘no’ agenda, to help bring others… to their individual level, of ‘Spiritual Maturity’.
*** (Luke 6:26) Woe to you = when ‘all’ men = shall speak well = of you! For so = their fathers = did ‘to’ = the false prophets.
*** (Luke 11:42) But woe to you, = Pharisees! [religious] = For you tithe = mint and rue = and every herb, = and = ‘pass over’ = judgment = and = the love of God. = You = ‘ought to’ = have done these, = and ‘not’ = to leave the other = ‘undone’.
Perhaps ‘if’ you will examine… your reason, to want to know, what the Word of God, means, ‘Then’ you will have some idea of what Obedience, is required by it? If you have a teen, would you… “Teach or Allow”… ‘him or her’… to drive your family vehicle? If they ‘always’ showed irresponsibility, wouldn’t it be ‘foolish’, on your part, to allow them to drive? That is a rhetorical question! I can think of a perfect example of the “Truth of Word of God”. Only when, you hold the Truth of the Word of God… more precious than gold… then you will be ready to understand …“Him” [God] and His Word.
*** (Proverbs 26:12) Do you see = a man wise = in his own eyes? = There is = more hope = for a fool = than for him.
*** (1Corinthians 14:38) But = if any = is ignorant, = let him = be ignorant.
Now perhaps we… should discuss first, “What the Scriptures”… have said, about the Holy Spirit and then, look at those verses in Hebrews? There are many other verses that explain the operation of the Holy Spirit, but these enough to get you started. Once one is ‘Born Again’… by the Holy Spirit of God… they can never… lose their salvation. “Salvation is the Holy Spirit”… living on one! That ‘one time’ action by God, is in response to His calling, prompting and drawing, of the Holy Spirit. Underline these verses in your Bible, or highlight them with a colored marker. See… “John 6:44”
1. The Promise… of the Holy Spirit… John 7:38-39.
2. The Validation… of Salvation… Romans 8:9.
3. The Anointing… of the Holy Spirit… 1John 2:20 & 27, 2Corinthians 1:21.
4. The Sealing… of the Holy Spirit… 2Corintians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30.
5. The Earnest… of the Holy Spirit… 2Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 1:14.
6. The Guidance… of the Holy Spirit… Romans 8:14.
7. The Teaching… of the Holy Spirit… John 16:13-14-15
8. The Testimony… of the Holy Spirit… John 15:26.
9. The Life… of the Holy Spirit… Romans 8:11.
10. The Witness… of the Holy Spirit… Romans 8:16-17,
11. The Borning… of the Holy Spirit… John 3:3-to-8, 1Corinthians 12:13.
12. The Measure… of the Holy Spirit… John 3:34.
13. The Excellency… of the Holy Spirit… 2Corinthians 4:7.
In examining these verses… we will see what it says and what it ‘does not’ say. Some try and make the Bible say, what it does not, in order to validate what their ‘Church Denomination’ teaches or preaches. Many times I have heard people expound that these verses, making that it means that one can lose their Salvation. Once again… “The Bible = ‘interprets’ = the Bible”… not mankind or some Church. Remember that I said… “God’s Truth is first validated”… in your Heart… and then your Mind. Those that try and learn Gods Truth… in their heads, are often confused by Scripture.
*** (Hebrews 6:4-5-6) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
(Heb 6:5) and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come,
(Heb 6:6) and who have fallen away; it is impossible, I say, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify the Son of God afresh to themselves and put Him to an open shame.
What these verses Say…!
Heb 6:4… “For it is Impossible”…
Heb 6:6… “To renew them ‘again’ to Repentance”…
To understand this “Truth”… one must ask themselves, “Where does Repentance”, come from…? The answer if found in these verses, Only from God. Those in the Corinthian Church, were living in sin, even though they knew Christ. They were being proud about Adultery, 1Cor 5. They taking Christian to court before Unbelievers, 1Cor 6. They were made sick and some were dying… 1Cor 11, and the list goes on and on. Even while being Chastened by God, they were still in rebellion. “NONE”… on their Own… “Could Repent”…! They were simply ‘hardened’ by Sin!
*** (2Timothy 2:25-26) in meekness = instructing those = who oppose [Truth], = if perhaps = “God” = will give them = “REPENTANCE” = to the acknowledging = of the Truth,
(2Tim 2:26) and that = they ‘awake’ = out of = the snare of the Devil, = having been = taken captive = by him, = so as to do = the will of him [Satan].
*** (Luke 4:6-7-8) And = the Devil = said to Him, [Jesus] = All this power = I will ‘give’ You, = and = the glory of them; = for it has been = “DELIVERED TO ME” = And = I give it = to “whomever” = I [Satan] will.
(Luke 4:7) Therefore = if = You will worship me, = “all” = shall be yours.
(Luke 4:8) And Jesus = answered and said = to him, = Get behind me, Satan! = For it is written, “You shall worship = the Lord your God, = and = Him “only” = shall you serve."
*** (1John 5:19) We know = that we are from God = and = that the whole world = lies under = the control = of the “evil one” [Satan].
When Someone… is held in by the power of “Sin/Sins”, by his or her… “Disobedience to the Word of God”, they are trapped. Have you ever heard a ‘Drunk’ or a ‘Drug User’ say… “I can quit, when I want to, it is that I just… don’t want to!” That is why… they cannot bring themselves to “Repentance”. Only God can do that. Sickness and even death, can be part of God’s Chastening, see Hebrews 12:6-to-13. God spanks His real children. He also allows one to return to… eat with the pigs, till they are ready to repent. Like the prodigal son, who finally… came to the end of himself.
Is there an example… in the Scriptures, of a person described in “Hebrews 6:4-5-6”…? Yes, his name is called, “Demas”. Look at these three verses about him. “2Timothy 4:10 – Demas has forsaken me, for the love of this present world. Two 'other' verses speak about him, “Colossians 4:14” and “Philemon 1:24”. He pretended to be a real believer, even involved in ministry. He is the perfect example of those in… “Hebrews 6:4-5-6”.
What these verses, “Do ‘Not’ Say”… Simply look list of… “The 13 workings of the Holy Spirit”… in the above lists. Never do these verses in Hebrews 6… repeat ‘any’ of the attributes in the above list. Perhaps it may be explained, as you probably know, by those that have left the “Faith?” Their “Saving Faith”… was not that of which the Bible speaks about. It was ‘only’… a mental ascent… to the Truth, there was never a work of God, by His Holy Spirit… in their heart. Hence they turned away, as we are told here.
*** (1John 2:19-20-21) They = went ‘out’ = from us, = but = they were ‘not’ = of us; = for if = they were [really] of us, = they would have ‘continued’ = with us. = But they = went ‘out’ = so that = it might be = ‘revealed’ = that they were = ‘not’ all of us.
(1Jn 2:20) But = you have = an anointing = from the Holy One, = and = you know all things.
(1Jn 2:21) I have ‘not’ written to you = because = you ‘do not’ = know the Truth, = but because = you ‘know= it, = and know that = no lie = is of the Truth.
*** (Jude 1:19) These are = those = setting themselves apart, = animal-like ones, = “not” = having the [Holy] Spirit.
These verses describe… those of “Hebrews 6:4-5-6”… perfectly. Not having the Holy Spirit, not knowing the Truth, not having that Anointing, and most of all… not continuing in the True Faith. How many times… does God give ‘repentance’… to the Believer and the Non-Believer…? I do not know, as that is God’s business, and not ours. Although there are verses that He deals with some, different than others. If you will read the Old Testament ‘sacrifices for sin’, the Priests had a greater sacrifice, being spiritual leaders, than the common man. Positions of responsibilities have greater costs.
*** (James 3:1) Not many = of you = should become teachers, = my brothers, = because = you know = that we who teach = will be judged = “more severely”.
*** (Luke 12:48) But he = ‘not’ knowing [ignorance], = and doing things = worthy of stripes, = shall be beaten = with ‘few’ stripes. = For to whomever = ‘much’ is given, = of him = ‘much’ = shall be required. = And to whom men = have committed ‘much’, = of him = they will ask = the ‘more’.
(Psalms 138:2) I will worship = toward Your holy temple, = and = praise Your Name = for Your loving-kindness = and = for “Your Truth's” sake; = for You [God] = have magnified = Your Word = ‘above all’ = Your Name. = [Psalms 119:18 & 1Samuel 3:21 & Deuteronomy 29:29]
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