Thursday, July 14, 2011

Does it Really Speak about Losing Our Salvation?

Thoughts About Hebrews 6:4-8?

Q: What are your thoughts about this Scripture, “4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. 7 When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God's blessing. 8 But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” (Heb 6:4-8, NLT)? Shalom

A: If a person once gets saved and is playing with sin voluntarily, he might get caught up in the web of the miry clay of sin, so that he would not be able to repent again and experience God's abundant life on earth again as he has previously enjoyed. They are "near to being cursed" but for the name sake of Jesus and the sacrifice of Jesus on their behalf, they will be saved eternally
(Heb 6:8; 1 Cor 5:5).

According to
1 Cor 3:15, "If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire." Here the fire is the omniscience of the eyes of Jesus which will reveals all the hidden wrong motives of our life on the day of the Bema Judgment of all believers and will decide our eternal reward and position of authority for eternity ahead (2 Cor 5:10-11; Rev 1:14; 1 Cor 4:5; Matt 25:21, 23). If we do not bear fruit, all our eternal reward and the abundant life on earth will be lost (John 10:10; Rev 3:11; Gal 6:7-8). But God is faithful in the midst of such fruitless, unglorifying and wasted lives of believers because He is faithful to His own Body which is the Church which He purchased with His own Blood (2 Tim 2:13; Acts 20:28).

In the midst of all these, the writer to the Hebrew expects better things for all believers regarding
"things that accompany salvation" (Heb 6:9), thus indicating that repentance is still available for all believers no matter where they are in their Christian life to glorify God. So the above Scriptures in context clearly does not speak about salvation which is a event that we receive through our belief in accepting Jesus as our only Lord and Savior for our sins to be forgiven, but it speaks about the fruit of salvation which is a process during which we are transformed to display the good character of Jesus to the outside world, we are molded day by day to be modeled as Jesus Himself (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 8:8:29; 2 Cor 3:18).

Shalom! Blessings......


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